New academic year begins with 30 border schools still closed for quarantine

Students clean their hands as they return for the 2021 school year at Bak Touk High School in Phnom Penh on Monday. Panha Chhorpoan

Millions of students began a new academic year on Monday following a year of interruptions by the Covid-19 pandemic, while about 35 schools along the border remain closed for learning as they are used as quarantine facilities for migrant workers returning from Thailand.

Students to miss start of new year as migrant workers quarantine in schools near border

Cambodian migrant workers returning from Thailand are quarantined at a high school in Battambang province in a photo posted to the provincial administration's Facebook page.

Thousands of students in the northwest will miss the beginning of the new school year next week, with at least ten schools along the border having been converted into Covid-19 quarantine centers for migrant workers returning from Thailand, officials said.

National Assembly lawmakers quarantined, at risk after contact with prisons chief

National Assembly members are being tested for COVID-19 after a lawmaker met with Prisons Department Director Chhem Savuth, who tested positive on November 28.

At least 116 National Assembly members and their families will be in quarantine after lawmaker Loy Sophat met with director general of prisons Chhem Savuth, who tested positive for COVID-19 on November 28.