A new school year begins in Mongolia amid the pandemic

2021-09-01 14:45:27

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/. Today, a new school year has started in Mongolia amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Ministry of Education and Science, this year more than 700 thousand children nationwide will receive in-school and classroom education.

This academic year begins with hybrid schedules that include a mix of online and in-school learning. It means that for instance, the schoolchildren, who are attending in-person classes this week, will have online lessons throughout the next week. To maintain the infection control regime, no more than 25 children are admitted to each classroom, with a child per desk.

As for the kindergarten, children aged 4 and 5 are admitted in September. However, the Ministry of Education and Science reported that an issue of admitting children aged 3 will be resolved next month depending on the pandemic situation.

For universities and colleges, students will start attending in-person classes from September 13. Currently, over 94 percent of teachers and educational staff have been fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.  

The Ministry also informed that a three-year plan will be implemented from this academic year to eliminate the learning loss caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.