Hanoi to allow grade 1-6 students back in school this week

By Thanh Hang, Vo Hai   April 4, 2022 | 01:13 am PT
Hanoi to allow grade 1-6 students back in school this week
A first grader has her body temperature checked before entering class in Hanoi's outlying district of Me Linh, January 2022. Photo by VnExpress/Ha Linh
Almost one million students from first to sixth grades in all 30 districts of Hanoi will resume in-person classes from Wednesday.

According to a decision made Monday by the city's administration following a previous proposal by the Department of Education, kindergarten students will remain home.

In its proposal, the Education Department said the Covid-19 situation in the city has "positively changed" in recent times, with the number of patients that are teachers and students dropping significantly.

A survey conducted by the department on the two days of April 2-3 showed that more than 75 percent of parents of first-sixth graders agree to send their children back to school.

Since mid-2021, over 2.2 million kindergartners and students of Hanoi have had to stay home due to impacts of Covid-19.

Last November, the city allowed 9th graders to return to school and two weeks later, 12th graders.

Students from 7th to 11th grades returned to school on Feb. 8 and were followed soon after by primary school and 6th-grade students on the city's outskirts.

In the first three weeks of February, students from first to sixth grades in Hanoi’s outskirts were allowed back in school but then had to revert to remote learning on Feb. 18 as the Covid-19 situation worsened across the capital.

Vietnam has not begun vaccinating children under 12 against Covid-19.

Students in Hanoi have remained home the longest of all localities due to Covid-19.

As of Saturday, the capital has recorded more than 1.49 million confirmed Covid cases since last April, when the fourth coronavirus wave surfaced.

In the past 14 days, the number of daily confirmed cases in the city has dropped by 7 percent against the previous two weeks.

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