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More in-person classes expected for rest of year
Updated: 2021-10-12 17:05:08 KST
Almost all of South Korea's students will be back in their classrooms for the rest of the year.
Education minister Yoo Eun-hae said on Tuesday it's necessary in order to fill the educational gap among students hit hardest by the COVID-19 outbreak.
The average rate of students' attendance from September 6th to 30th was over 78-point 8 percent across the country a 5.6 percent jump from the first half of the year.

Attendances were still lower in the Greater Seoul area, with an average of just over 65 percent compared to more than 90 percent for the rest of the country.

With the fourth wave still lingering there are concerns over rising virus infections at schools.
However, the Education Ministry has said confirmed patients for every 100-thousand students appear to be lower than the figures among adults adding that only three severely-ill cases have been reported so far from age 12 to 17 with no deaths reported.

And as the vaccination rate for people in their 20s is expected to rise more in-person classes for college students are next in line.
Ministry officials have put out the guidelines to have less crowds in classrooms as well as for colleges to have around 2-thousand designated people for COVID-19 prevention.

Seoul's education officials will also look at measures that will allow more hands-on learning in the classrooms.
Choi Won-jong, Arirang News.
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