Gov’t limits distance learning in schools for new academic year

Georgian educational institutions are set to start the new school year on Thursday. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 14 Sep 2022 - 16:15, Tbilisi,Georgia

The Georgian government has limited distance learning in schools for the new 2022-2023 academic year following continued positive trends in Covid-19-related numbers, the Georgian education ministry announced on Wednesday.

The state body said only school students from risk groups featuring pre-existing health conditions and with relevant certificates issued by medical institutions would remain on distance learning.

The ministry also noted contacts of those with confirmed Covid cases  would no longer be subject to self-isolation requirements.

It is no longer mandatory for a whole school to cease functioning due to confirmed cases of the virus”, the state body explained.

Face masks and thermal screening in schools will also no longer be required starting with the new academic year.

Teachers who are working with children with special educational needs must wear face masks if their work requires face-to-face contact at a distance of less than one metre”, the ministry added.

The Ministry has equipped general educational institutions with hygienic materials in order to  “ensure a healthy and safe educational environment” in schools. 

The state body said the Ministry and local educational resource centres would continue “the systematic monitoring of a safe environment” in schools during the 2022-2023 academic year.

              In April 2022, Education Minister Mikheil Chkhenkeli welcomed Ukrainian students at the school - which is named after a prominent Ukrainian academician of the 20th century - and offered his congratulations on the opening of the native language sector

Ukrainian students in Georgia who are unable to return to schools in their country due to the ongoing war are welcomed to classes in their native language at Georgian schools.

About 2,000 Ukrainian  students of different ages are already receiving classes in capital Tbilisi and other regions following an initiative of the prime minister of Georgia.

Georgian educational institutions are set to start the new school year on Thursday.