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PM orders ministries to study staggered work hours to reduce traffic congestion

Jack Burton

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PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities to study the possibility of permanently staggered working hours as the Covid-19 pandemic eases because such a policy might help ease long term traffic congestion.

Staggered working hours, as well as working from home and learning from home, could be enforced in future to solve traffic problems, according to the PM. He tasked the Education Ministry and the Ministry of Higher Education Science Research and Innovation with studying staggered school hours to gather data.

According to the PM, government organisations have already introduced staggered working hours, beginning at 7:30, 8:30 and 9.30am.

“Teaching for the subjects that may allow students to study at home will reduce travel time to schools and have impacts on parents’ trips to send their children to schools. School hours will be arranged appropriately with the ages of students. It will be another ‘new normal’ way of life.”

Prayut says the beginning of the new school term is still scheduled for July 1, but the government is monitoring the situation of the virus.

“I want schools to open. But what if the disease spreads again? This must also be considered.”

SOURCE: MCOT

 

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Jack Burton is an American writer, broadcaster, linguist and journalist who has lived in Asia since 1987. A native of the state of Georgia, he attended the The University of Georgia's Henry Grady School of Journalism, which hands out journalism's prestigious Peabody Awards. His works have appeared in The China Post, The South China Morning Post, The International Herald Tribune and many magazines throughout Asia and the world. He is fluent in Mandarin and has appeared on television and radio for decades in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

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