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Taking precautions: Deputy Maria Teresa Baldini wears a protective mask and gloves inside the lower house parliament building in Italy. Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Taking precautions: Deputy Maria Teresa Baldini wears a protective mask and gloves inside the lower house parliament building in Italy. Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli

REUTERS

Taking precautions: Deputy Maria Teresa Baldini wears a protective mask and gloves inside the lower house parliament building in Italy. Photo: REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Contingency plans for the closure of schools and higher education institutions are ramping up as the spread of coronavirus continues.

No decision has been made to shut down the education system, but such a move is regarded as inevitable - and the question is when.

As preparations intensify, the Department of Education has invited stakeholders, including representatives of school managers, principals, teacher unions, parents' organisations and higher education institutions to a briefing today.