Cambodia allows public universities to reopen hinh anh 1All public higher education institutions in Cambodia are allowed resume operation as from October 12. (Photo:

Phnom Penh (VNA) - The Cambodian Ministry of Education on October 12 announced that it has given a green light to public universities across the country to reopen after months of closure to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19.

All public higher education institutions are allowed resume operation as from October 12, under the condition that they strictly respect and practise the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and other existing rules and regulations related to preventing the spread of the virus, the announcement said.

Ros Soveacha, the ministry's spokesman, said each university must follow the health measures set by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Heng Vanda, Board Director of Higher Education Association, said the SOPs contain guidelines to facilitate day-to-day management and administration for all schools and universities in Cambodia in the context of COVID-19.

Both professors and students have to wear masks, bring hand sanitiser with them and practise social distancing, he said, adding that they even have to bring food from home while there cannot be more than 25 people in one class./.