MOE raises threshold for suspension of classes
The Ministry of Education (MOE) has revised its regulations regarding class suspensions and school closures due to coronavirus cases.
According to the ministry, it has increased the number of class suspensions from two to 10 for a full suspension of all in-person teaching at senior high schools and below.
Education Minister Pan Wen-chung says from today, a full suspension will only be ordered if over one-third, or more than 10 classes are made remote.
The revisions come amid complaints about class disruptions due to a continuing rise in domestic infections.
The education minister says the changes were made as "most students diagnosed with the coronavirus are either asymptomatic or have mild symptoms," and also due to the burden remote learning has been placing on parents.
Figures show that 237 schools are currently partially or fully holding online classes and that includes 38 pre-schools, 92 elementary schools, 30 junior high schools, 37 senior high schools, and 40 tertiary education institutions.