Ministry health

China’s Ministry of Education emphasizes mental health amid outbreak

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Faced with a resurgence of COVID-19 infections, China’s Ministry of Education has launched a variety of arrangements to maintain education provision at different levels while ensuring effective epidemic containment, putting more emphasis on focus on mental health.

During a recent video conference on epidemic control and prevention, the ministry stressed the importance of paying more attention to the mental health of teachers and students and providing them with timely psychological assistance.

The ministry called for monitoring the health of school personnel, students and their family members, improving response mechanisms against the epidemic and strengthening coordination between school and home.

The ministry also reported that the online platform, developed and rolled out by the ministry following the outbreak of the epidemic, which allows primary and middle school students to study at home, has registered 6.9 billion views and recently expanded with new resources, including after-school service and family education.

As the country enters the second phase of graduate enrollment, the ministry has asked universities to consider local COVID-19 situations and prioritize the health of staff and students when planning examinations and interviews.