SEC suggests to reopen schools, kindergartens on September 1, cabinet to make final decision

2020-07-29 10:42:17

At its meeting held today, July 28, the State Emergency Commission (SEC) discussed the issues regarding the extension of the period of the heightened state of readiness for disaster protection amid COVID-19 pandemic and re-opening of all levels of educational institutions.

Thus, the SEC has resolved to reopen the schools and kindergartens starting from September 1, while the operations of universities and higher education institutions to restart from October 5. However, the final decision regarding the extension of the heightened state of readiness and reopening of all levels of educational institutions will be made at tomorrow’s /July 29/ meeting of the Cabinet.

Minister of Education and Science L.Tsedevsuren said “A working group has been set up to study the possibilities on the reopening of schools and kindergartens, and various versions have been presented at the SEC’s today’s meeting. However, the Cabinet will make a decision in correspondence with the SEC proposal.” 

“In the 2019-2020 school year, 75-day TV classes have been put on the broadcast. In the school year of 2020-2021, it is estimated that more than 305,000 children will be enrolled in kindergartens, 682,000 in schools, and 150,000 in universities. We have received guidelines from the SEC regarding the re-opening of all levels of educational institutions. The Ministry will hold a press conference following the Cabinet’s decision on this matter tomorrow.” added the Minister. 

Chief of National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) G.Ariunbuyan: “As of today, 289 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Mongolia and 73.7 percent of the people diagnosed with the virus were the people who have been repatriated from Russia. Mongolia is still at high risk of the spread of the virus. Therefore, the SEC has made a proposal to extend the heightened state of readiness for another month until August 31.”

Following the meeting, Minister of Environment and Tourism D.Sarangerel informed that the SEC has also resolved to arrange a total of 14 charter flights to bring about 3,500 Mongolian nationals home from foreign countries only in August 2020. As of today, there are 12,205 people who have submitted their request to return home.”