The Guangdong Education Department announced on February 25th that primary and secondary schools across the province must start formal online education from March 2nd. While universities, colleges and secondary vocational schools should offer online courses in March.
Kindergartens and special schools are not required to organize online courses but they can provide guidance and training through various methods such as messaging.
The notice stresses that students in all levels of education are not allowed to return to school. Training agencies are forbidden to organize any group activities. The opening date of schools will be determined based on the status of epidemic prevention and control and the public will be notified in advance.
Municipal education departments are responsible for the overall planning of online courses for high schools while regional educational departments are in charge of the planning for other grades of primary and secondary schools.
The department encourages schools to launch their own online courses based on the differing levels of their students.
Moreover, Guangdong Education Department will join hands with cities including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Zhuhai, Dongguan to launch online courses and upload related materials through digital platforms such as Guangdong Education Television(广东教育电视课堂)，IPTV, and Tencent Education (腾讯教育“粤课堂”).
Teachers in primary and middle schools can offer online courses via the platform, Guangdong Textbook (“粤教翔云”数字教材平台 https://www.gdtextbook.com). Two key schools in the province, Guangdong Experimental High School and the Affiliated High School of South China Normal University will also provide high-quality courses through this platform.
The department suggests that schools should formulate an online teaching plan for at least one month. The length of each online class should not exceed 20 minutes. Courses for primary school students should be less than 2 hour per day while courses for secondary schools students should be under 3 hour per day.
The announcement states that universities and colleges should create their own online courses, while being encouraged to use the resources offered by national and provincial platforms.
Author| Jasmine, Zero
Editor| Keane, Simon