Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan on 2 January 2021 issued an announcement ordering all public and private educational institutions that are situated in the “maximum control zones” of 28 provinces to be closed from 4 to 31 January 2021 in order to reduce the risk of COVID-19.


The 28 provinces include Bangkok, Tak, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Nakhon Nayok, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Suphan Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Samut Prakan, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Trat, Rayong, Chumphon and Ranong.


Mr. Nattaphol said, “In the wake of the latest situation of the new outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) that has rapidly spread in many areas of Thailand, the Ministry of Education is aware of the danger and is concerned for the safety of students who will be affected by the new spread of the virus. Therefore, it is necessary that the Ministry of Education implement the control and preventive measures to reduce the risk of the communicable disease within educational institutions.


“While educational institutions are closed due to special circumstances, the supervising government agencies shall provide teaching and learning guidelines to educational institutions as previously planned by the Ministry of Education, such as providing teaching and learning electronically or through long-distance communication. In the event that educational institutions are not able to provide teaching and learning electronically, they shall provide students with worksheets or other learning materials as appropriate for their situation without attending school.”


Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration on 1 January 2021 ordered the closure of schools, under its supervision, until 17 January.


Source: The Government Public Relations Department