All the 63 cities and provinces in the country have plans to reopen schools within this month after closure for months to help contain COVID-19 spread, the Ministry of Education and Training revealed on February 7 night.
All higher education institutions have developed plans to welcome back their students from February 14.
Previously, all high school students nationwide returned to in-person learning on February 7.
Provincial departments of education and training across the country have been assigned to provide guidelines and scenarios for schools to deal with potential COVID-19 outbreaks and support schools and families to devise specific teaching plans suitable for each region and students in need.
Schools, meanwhile, have been asked to provide mental health counselling services for students, strengthen their physical activities and fitness programmes, and help them revise lessons after months of remote learning.
Hanoi: Schools expected to reopen for more primary, secondary students from February 21
Face-to-face learning for students from the first to sixth grades have been proposed to be resumed in 12 more districts in Hanoi on February 21.
The proposal was made by the capital’s Department of Education and Training at a virtual meeting on February 7 following the municipal authorities’ earlier decision of allowing students of these grades in 18 suburban districts and towns to go back to school from February 10.
The meeting reviewed the preparation for the resumption of face-to-face learning targeting seventh to twelfth graders in the city from February 8.
Reports from education and training offices of 30 local towns and districts showed that all works had been done as of 6pm on February 7, ready to welcome back the students in line with COVID-19 prevention and control measures.
According to the department’s statistics, more than 99 percent of teachers, educational staff, and students at the secondary and high school levels in Hanoi have been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Vietnam logged 16,815 new COVID-19 infections on February 7. Hanoi recorded the highest number of infections with 2,988, followed by Nghe An with 1,247 and Da Nang with 935.
Minister of Education and Training Nguyen Kim Son said that gradual reopening of schools is a necessity as Vietnam’s vaccination rate is high, drugs for Covid-19 have been improved, and anti-pandemic conditions and people’s awareness have improved.