Iran: Many students stay home despite schools reopening in Tehran

Schools reopened in low-risk areas of Iran on Saturday, after a three-month closure due to the coronavirus pandemic. As attendance is not mandatory, many students opted to stay home, as seen in five different schools around north Tehran. “According to the order issued by the Ministry of Education, schools were reopened again today. Despite all protocols and preparations that schools have abided... Еще by, parents have not welcomed it. I think this is due to their understanding, to avoid more transmission of the virus,” said one principal Ali Masoomi. “Honestly, I do not see it as a necessity for my child to attend the school. Online classes were enough and the teachers are resolving their problems and questions. Therefore, I see it as an unnecessary issue for my child to come here,» says Taghavi, mother of a student. Iran has allowed the reopening of schools from May 16 in areas that have been deemed free of COVID-19, but only for students to ask questions and get prepared for upcoming exams. According to Johns Hopkins University, the country so far reported 118,392 coronavirus cases and almost 7,000 deaths related to the virus. **RESTRICTIONS: NO Access Israel Media/Persian Language TV Stations Outside Iran/Strictly No Access BBC Persian/VOA Persian/Manoto-1 TV/Iran International**
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