TASHKENT, Aug. 25 (Xinhua) -- Uzbekistan's Public Education Ministry has proposed the government opening schools both online and in class from Sept. 14, depending on the coronavirus threat at each regional level, Minister Sherzod Shermatov said Tuesday.
Uzbekistan has earlier considered three scenarios for school reopenings: a traditional format, online and a hybrid of both traditional and online teaching.
Shermatov said that 70 percent of parents opted for online schooling, according to a poll held by the ministry, making a hybrid scenario the most optimal option to open schools which have been closed since March.
Parents are allowed to send their children to schools in COVID-19 free zones, and the government will start testing from Sept. 7, he said.
So far, Uzbekistan has registered 39,506 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 282 deaths and 35,551 recoveries. Enditem