Connect with us

Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Over 10,000 schools to close across Thailand in bid to curb virus spread

Maya Taylor



PHOTO: Thai PBS World

Over 10,000 schools, in at least 28 Thai provinces, are to close until January 31 and switch to online learning, in an effort to curtail the spread of the Covid-19 virus. The Kingdom is in the grip of a resurgence after months of no local transmission.

On the southern resort island of Phuket, Governor Narong Woonciew has ordered all schools to close from tomorrow until January 20 as a preventative measure. The order has caused some confusion (and a bit of panic) among islanders, given that the same governor confirmed the island’s 3 Covid patients had recovered and were being discharged from hospital. The closure of Phuket’s schools comes as some residents voice concern over the number of out-of-province visitors to the island during the recent New Year holiday.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan has ordered all public and private schools in the worst-affected provinces to close with immediate effect. The Bangkok Post reports that the provinces hit with the directive are Bangkok, Tak, Nonthaburi, Pathum Thani, Ayutthaya, Saraburi, Lop Buri, Sing Buri, Ang Thong, Nakhon Nayok, Kanchanaburi, Nakhon Pathom, Ratchaburi, Suphan Buri, Prachuap Khiri Khan, Phetchaburi, Samut Songkhram, Samut Sakhon, Chachoengsao, Prachin Buri, Sa Kaeo, Samut Prakan, Chanthaburi, Chon Buri, Trat, Rayong, Chumphon and Ranong.

As they did in early 2020, during the first Covid-19 wave, schools are being asked to return to online learning, using guidelines issued by the Education Ministry. Teachers are being asked to prepare online learning materials, which students will access through an Education Ministry platform.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.



  1. Avatar

    Fred glue

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 11:48 am

    What can I say just sad, 12 months ago it started this stupid virus, from the origin of the C-19.
    I don’t think we would be in this mess, if someone stood up from where it all started, too say we have a proplem,,,, and we need your help, too eradicate this C-19. We are all left too devend ourselves.
    The virus could have started anywhere (who knows) if sharing a proplem 95% of the proplem solved.
    The world leaders of the globe are just plain (Richard cranium heads) they will not talk too each other ,peoples lives are in danger hear. This reminds me of a movie that I seen many years ago. It was called the gangs of New York. (Anyone seen it , that my come true) I do need a knowledgeable person too comment on this. If Issan John is up & thinking, I will take his reply on board. We don’t need hatred at this time. Please keep your comments clean , nasty replies are not needed. If you can help in this matter Issan John please let rip.

    • Avatar

      Fred glue

      Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 3:11 pm

      Can’t stay awake 4 Issan John honest comment or reply.. past my bed time…. good nite…?

  2. Avatar


    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 12:29 pm

    I feel grateful for living in Thailand and enjoy the weather and all the benefits of being an ex-pat in this beautiful country. Accepting that the virus is here and doing the best not to get it, to protect me, my family and others is my main priority. 2021 will be a challenge, but 2022 will be the year that most of the world population is vaccinated and that live slowly can return to normal. Don’t spend too much now, accept what we cannot change, and enjoy the day; that’s my motto.

  3. Avatar

    Issan John

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Exactly, JTT.

    While schoolchildren themselves are relatively safe from the virus, sadly the schools are super-spreader locations as is happening in one of the popular schools some 30 kms from me, now closed.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

A seasoned writer, with a degree in Creative Writing. Over ten years' experience in producing blog and magazine articles, news reports and website content.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Phuket4 mins ago

Domestic travel to Phuket all but banned starting August 2

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Despite Covid-19 Phuket Sandbox continues at least 2 weeks

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

Chulalongkorn University progressing on domestic mRNA vaccine

Sponsored11 hours ago

Experience Phuket’s Islands with 5 Star Marine

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

Koh Samui8 hours ago

Black Club Covid-19 outbreak on Koh Samui widens

Thailand8 hours ago

Possible earthquake in Nonthaburi this morning

Best of9 hours ago

Chiang Mai’s 8 most indulgent spa hotels

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Coronavirus (Covid-19)9 hours ago

Bangkok Bang Sue scam under investigation, 7 volunteers and counting to be questioned

Thailand9 hours ago

Thailand News Today | ‘Crowding’ due to camera angles, train hospitals | July 29

Thailand10 hours ago

Spray guns ineffective and dangerous, says TFDA

Drugs10 hours ago

Methamphetamine pills hidden in instant noodle packets delivered for Covid patient

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Anonymous “Dr Sandy” says pray the Covid situation gets better

Coronavirus (Covid-19)11 hours ago

Thursday Covid Update: Record high of 17,669 new cases; provincial totals

Phuket12 hours ago

Phuket governor eyes construction camps for stricter Covid measures

Best of13 hours ago

Top 5 spas in Chiang Mai

Coronavirus (Covid-19)13 hours ago

Health Minister says Bang Sue not crowded, blames “camera angles”

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8