A student reads at a library of Southwest University in Chongqing, February 1, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]
China is able to fully resume normal school teaching for the spring semester given its current COVID-19 epidemic situation, according to the Ministry of Education at a press conference today (February 23).
To minimize the risk of any potential cross-infection, local education authorities should decide school re-opening plans and stagger the time for the new semester, based on the local epidemic situation. The ministry also requires key groups and locations to be targeted for COVID-19 tests and key venues be disinfected on a regular basis.
Close-off management will be imposed on campus with unnecessary outbound travel cut after the spring semester begins, the ministry said. No large-scale off-campus internship, social practice and enterprise visit should be organized. Management will be further strengthened on after-school training institutions to regulate the industry and help reduce students’ study burdens.
Data from the ministry show that more than 416,000 college students have stayed put during the Spring Festival holiday. No cluster infections on a campus were reported since the start of the outbreak and no new confirmed or suspected cases identified in schools during the Chinese New Year vacation.
Source: China Daily