Schools Asked to Consider Online Classes Amid Drawn-out Epidemic

      March 26, 2020 10:42

      As the coronavirus epidemic drags on, there are still concerns over the school opening slated for early next month.

      The Ministry of Education is now mulling whether to ask schools to replace their lessons with online classes depending on the severity of the epidemic by region.

      Elementary, middle and high schools nationwide were supposed to open on March 2 but amid the outbreak of COVID-19 they were ordered to put off the start of their new academic year until April 6.

      A banner with an encouraging message for students hangs at an elementary school in Busan on Wednesday. /Yonhap

      Yoon Tae-ho, who is in charge of a government taskforce for the epidemic, said Wednesday, "We have to monitor the overall situation of the outbreak and carefully make a decision over opening schools," suggesting that yet another postponement may be necessary.

      Education Minister Yoo Eun-hae said on Wednesday, "We are considering implementing both online and offline classes to avoid a situation where schools inevitably have to close."

      The ministry will support schools to be equipped with a system that enables distance learning.

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