China Moves Classes, Offices, Courts to Online Internet  Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

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China Moves Classes, Offices, Courts to Online Internet Due to Coronavirus Outbreak


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17 Feb 2020

With schools in China remaining closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, China has launched a national online learning platform and started broadcasting primary school classes on public TV to help 180 million students “keep learning even with classes suspended”.

From Monday, a national cloud learning platform will provide learning materials for students in junior and senior high school, according to a statement by the Ministry of Education (MOE).

The e-learning platform is meant to provide resources for students but not to replace classroom learning, the ministry said, urging educators and parents to continue guiding students.

At the same time, classes for primary school students will be broadcast on state-broadcaster CCTV’s China Education Television Channel 4. The division of learning platforms for different levels of students is to limit the time primary school students spend online and “protect the students’ eyesight”, as well as prevent network congestion from too many students going online at the same time, the MOE said in the statement.

The move toward remote learning comes as schools have postponed the upcoming spring semester until further notice. Chinese authorities have encouraged people to stay at home to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus through human-to-human contact.

In the meantime, courts are following suit, meaning those hoping to avoid trial because of the disease are out of luck.

The Shanghai High Court recorded a 63 percent increase in online court cases compared with the same period last year, state media reported.

In addition to handling court case filings online, the court is using online platforms to handle payments, contact with judges, material submissions and other litigation services. Remote court trials are conducted over video links.

Online court technology is also being used in other parts of the country, but not everything is going smoothly. Assistant judge Ma Chengcheng of the Intermediate People’s Court in Xinyang told local media that before the trial, participants needed to be contacted by phone or WeChat and patiently walked through how to use the software.