Abe's purpose of requesting temporary closure of schools To be explained at a conference February 29 4:17
In response to the request for temporary closure of elementary and junior high schools and other schools nationwide due to the spread of the new coronavirus, the government hastened to consider concrete measures to resolve the confusion at the educational site. We hold a press conference to explain the purpose of the request and seek understanding.
In response to the spread of the new coronavirus, the government has requested all elementary and junior high schools and high schools nationwide to temporarily close schools from February 2 through the prefectural board of education on the 28th. did.
On the other hand, local governments and the Board of Education have been embarrassed, and on the 28th, Deputy Secretary-General Nishimura explained the purpose of the request to the ruling and opposition parties and asked for understanding. A number of comments pointed out that the education site was not sufficiently prepared, and that there were concerns about the impact and demands for thorough responses.
According to the government, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology demands that children basically stay at home to prevent the spread of infection, and that elementary and junior high schools may have sufficient school hours for their grades and credits. In addition, high schools are required to flexibly complete courses and earn credits so that they do not affect progression or advancement.
In addition, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare is considering measures for employees working part-time, such as part-time workers, in addition to measures to support parents and companies who have to take time off work after school closure.
With regard to school childcare, where demand is expected to increase, the policy is to extend the opening hours of weekdays to eight hours a day, similar to summer vacations, and provide financial support to staff costs.
Prime Minister Abe will hold a press conference on the evening of the 29th to explain the contents of these measures and the purpose of requesting temporary closure, and seek understanding.