May 22, 2020 12:55
Elementary schoolkids will return to school next week as planned, while the annual university entrance exam will also take place on time.
Vice Education Minister Park Baeg-beom told reporters on Thursday, "Students will return to kindergarten, elementary, middle and high schools as scheduled on May 27."
High school seniors went back to school on Wednesday, but some tested positive for coronavirus and scores of schools promptly closed again. However, the Ministry of Education insisted there will be no more postponements.
Coronavirus infections detected on Wednesday prompted health authorities to stop the reopening of 75 schools in Incheon and Anseong, Gyeonggi Province.
According to the ministry, the attendance rate reached 95.2 percent on Wednesday.
Only 21,291 out of 442,141 students did not return to classes, with 1,198 claiming they were pursuing their own self-study programs, which are permitted for a certain number of days.
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