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Most Schoolkids to Stay Home Even Longer

Most schoolkids in Korea will have to put up with online learning a while longer after the Education ministry reversed plans to let them return to school.

Only preschoolers, first- and second-graders and high-school seniors can attend classes every day in the second semester amid the newly extended lockdown.

The Education Ministry said it did not want to let the smaller kids and high-school seniors fall behind by condemning them to more online classes “or restrict their interpersonal relationships any longer.”

But the rest will have to attend only online classes or make do with a mix of online and offline classes.

A teacher gives an online class from a high school in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province on Tuesday. /Newsis

The ministry said it made the decision amid calls from teachers and parents to let as many children as possible go back to school.

But university students may have to wait as long as November before they can back to college.

The ministry had planned to let them at least attend vital classes like lab lessons or smaller seminars, but for now all bets are off as daily coronavirus infections remain above 1,000. That means they may have to wait until the government’s goal of vaccinating 70 percent of the population is achieved, which will be in November at the earliest.

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