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Belarus to develop distance learning platform by 2021


According to BelTA the development of a uniform distance learning platform will be completed in Belarus by the end of 2020, Education Minister Igor Karpenko told the Belarus 1 TV channel.

We are starting the academic year in the usual format. At the same time, we are actively getting ready for all kinds of developments. We were heavily criticized for the lack of a uniform distance learning platform. This is not a panacea; it will not replace the classroom in secondary and vocational school. Nevertheless, we are working on it. By the end of this year, a uniform distance learning platform will be developed. By the way, the option is of interest not only for students, but also for young teachers, Igor Karpenko said.

At first, the platform will be launched in a test mode. It is supposed to become fully operational on 1 September 2021.

Igor Karpenko informed that the Education Ministry jointly with the Healthcare Ministry developed guidelines for managing the educational process amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The Education Ministry and the Healthcare Ministry will respond to any difficulties caused the rise of seasonal viral infections on a case-by-case basis. I would like to emphasize that we will recommend that teachers and all people working with children (and children themselves) get vaccinated, added Igor Karpenko.

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