Parents cautiously welcome school reopenings

Parents have expressed both support and fears over COVID-19 transmission as schools in Phnom Penh reopened yesterday after temporary closures due to the ‘November 3 incident’.

Suong Kim Heng, a 52-year-old hotel manager, said she was happy that the Ministry of Education had announced the reopening of the schools.

“I am glad that my children and other students can go back to school now,” she said. “But, I am still worried about COVID-19.”

Kim Heng, who has a son and a daughter studying at high school, said the online classes that replaced lessons when schools were closed, were not effective.

“Sometimes, my children secretly played videogames while they were supposed to be studying,” she said. “They were distracted by the environment at home and tended to play more than study.”

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