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Over 50% high schools reopen in Myanmar

Of the 7,173 high schools, 4,156 have reopened since July 21

Over 50% high schools reopen in Myanmar

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Over 50 per cent high schools have reopened across Myanmar so far since last month amid the COVID-19 pandemic, an education official said on Thursday.

Of the 7,173 high schools, 4,156 have reopened since July 21, complying with guidelines set by the health authorities while the country is witnessing a continued decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, Director General U Koi Lay Win of the Basic Education Department told Xinhua news agency.

"Some 500 more high schools will reopen today. Under the central-level cooperation between the health and educational bodies, arrangements are being made to reopen over 7,000 high schools as soon as possible," he said.

Myanmar's academic year usually starts in June, but this year's term was delayed due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.

The government reopened 3,772 high schools as the first phase of reopening schools in late July after two-month suspension.

Under new normal ways, the schools reopened with full compliance of preventive measures such as socially-distanced classrooms, multiple-shift systems and others. There are a total of 1.2 million high school students across the country. IANS

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