State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Ministry Md Zakir Hossain on Monday said that the government is planning to shorten syllabus of the primary level to evaluate students of the primary schools due to the coronavirus pandemic.
He said, “The government will also extend the existing academic year till February, if they fail to reopen schools by September due to the covid-19.”The junior minister came up with the remark while addressing a virtual seminar organised By Education Reporters Association of Bangladesh (ERAB) on Monday.
Zakir Hossain said, “If the Covid-19 pandemic situation is improved and educational institutions can be reopened in September, the academic session of the primary schools will be completed within this year. Otherwise, the academic year would be extended till February next year.”
“The students will be evaluated by shortening the primary syllabus whenever the educational institutions will reopen,” he said.
ERAB President Mostak Ahmed presided over the webinar titled “Challenges and way out of Primary education amid Corona” while the ministry’s Secretary Akram Al Hossain, Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) Director General Md Fashiullah, Executive Director of Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) Rasheda K. Choudhury, ERAB Secretary general Nejamul Haque also spoke among others.
State minister Zakir Hossain said directives were given to the DPE and National primary Education Academy to prepare the revised syllabus to hold the exams after reopen of the schools.