School classes ‘can go online’

School classes ‘can go online’

Authorities say in- people learning had been threatened by Covid, warmth or pollution

School classes ‘can go online’
In a virtual class hosted remotely by a native speaker in the Don Muang city of Bangkok in March last month, students practice their English in a virtual classroom. ( Photo: Varuth Hirunyatheb)

The fresh school term, which starts on Thursday, may deal with online classes if health threats to students happen, including the spread of Covid- 19, extreme heat or high levels of air pollution, the government says.

According to deputy government spokesman Karom Phonphonklang, the Office of the Basic Education Commission ( Obec) has developed security measures and safety guidelines for schools under its control for the start of the 2024 academic year.

He said colleges have been instructed on how to deal with possible dangerous situations, including the extremely hot weather, the spread of Covid- 19 and big cloud waste.

In such cases, colleges will have the option of deciding whether to reschedule on-site classes or opt for online or other types of instruction in order to safeguard students, teachers, and educational staff.

Following a two-month break that included an unusual weeks-long heat wave across the nation, most universities nationwide are reopening for the 2024 educational year now.

The Department of Disease Control ( DDC ) said diseases that schools should watch out for include flu, Covid- 19, dengue haemorrhagic fever, hand, foot and mouth disease, and acute diarrhoea.

Thee Pawangkanan, the office’s assistant secretary-general, stated that the company had also instructed the statewide Education Service Area offices to prepare for issues that affect the physical and mental health of learners.

Teachers at schools in particular locations have received training in handling natural disasters like floods and landslides.

Obec is even working to suppress bike accidents, e- smoking and online betting that involves individuals, he added.