News ID: 319498
Published: 0257 GMT January 18, 2022

Interior Minister urges full resumption of in-person education

Interior Minister urges full resumption of in-person education
Iranian Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi (C) attends a meeting with Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad-Ali Zolfigol (R) and Education Minister Yousef Nouri in Tehran on Jan. 18, 2022.

National Desk

The Iranian interior minister called for the full resumption of in-person education at Iranian schools and universities as soon as possible, stressing that protective measures must be implemented in advance to ensure public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ahmad Vahidi made the remark in an address to a Tuesday meeting with Iranian Minister of Science, Research and Technology Mohammad-Ali Zolfigol and Education Minister Yousef Nouri, noting that the move is aimed at improving the country’s education system, IRNA reported.

He added that in view of the favorable trend reflected by the vaccination of people aged over 12 against the COVID-19, continuation of distance or online education is no longer justifiable.

The minister said schools and universities are the country’s main scientific and research centers, noting that further delay in the full resumption of in-person education would be detrimental to the country’s future.

Thus, he added, the ground has to be prepared for the physical attendance of students, teachers and professors at schools and universities while ensuring that the health protocols are observed.

Vahidi gave the assurance that the Iranian government is extremely sensitive about protecting the health of those involved in the domestic education sector, particularly students, saying efforts are underway to guarantee continued education process in the country through improving public vaccination and assuring full compliance with the health protocols, such as wearing face masks, at education and academic centers.




According to Tuesday’s figures by the Iranian Health Ministry, daily COVID-19 infections in the country kept increasing over the past 24 hours, reaching 3,653.

The ministry announced in a statement that the country’s new daily COVID-19 fatalities stood at 18.

From Sunday to Monday, 3,163 new cases had been reported.

According to the ministry, the total COVID-19 death toll and cases since the beginning of the outbreak in the country in late February 2020 stand at 132,113 and 6,227,849.

It said 1,295 people are in critical condition, and 306 new patients have been hospitalized.

According to the statement, 6,068,983 people have so far either recovered or have been discharged from hospitals, and 43,589,571 diagnostic tests have been carried out in the country.

The Health Ministry added the total number of administered vaccine doses in the country stands at 126,779,652, of which 60,376,526 have been given to people as the first dose, 53,258,700 as the second dose, and 13,144,426 as the third, booster shot.

Iran on December 19 said the first definite case of infection with the Omicron variant of the coronavirus was ‎detected in the country.‎ Since then, the country has reported 1,533 cases of the Omicron variant, of which three have died.




Resource: IRNA
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