Most of the teachers, parents and students are happy with the government’s decision to resume classroom activities in schools.
After one year of closure since March 17, the government on Saturday decided to reopen all primary, secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions on March 30.Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni announced that maintaining health guidelines, students of Class V will attend classes five days a week and students of Class X (old) and Class XII will go the classroom six days a week.
She also said students of other classes will attend classes one day per week by rotations. However, the pre-primary students need not go to schools until the Covid-19 situation becomes normal again.
The Education Ministry also directed the educational institutions to ensure required facilities for maintaining health guidelines set by the government.
Public and private universities will reopen on May 24 after the vaccination of all the teachers and 1.30 lakh residential students of public universities.
After the announcement of the reopening, students from primary to higher education level have expressed their satisfaction as they have remained almost confined to home during the one-year-long closure of educational institutions amid the covid-19 pandemic.
Expressing satisfaction, Sheikh Ziyad Hossain, a student of class IX of Willes Little Flower School & College said “It is good news for us that our school is reopening after one year.”“I have passed almost a confined life at home in last one year, but now I will able to meet my friends like the previous time at school,” he said.
“We are very happy with the decision of reopening of school after a long break,” said Ahnaf Bin Anis, a class VII student of BIAM Model School and College in Dhaka.
He said, “I am now completing all preparations to go to school from the first day of reopening.”
Like the two students, almost all the students and their parents are happy with the decision of reopening the schools.
Welcoming the decision of reopening, Principal Kamrun Nahar of Vikarunnisa Noon School and college said “Children are eager to come back to the school.”
“The children are confined to home due to the pandemic and they are under lots of mental stress,” she added
“Everyone is relieved by the government’s decision to reopen the schools and colleges,” said Principal Mahbubur Rahman Mollah of Samsul Haque Khan School and College in Dhaka.
He also said, “We have started making necessary arrestments to reopen the school as per the health guidelines and we are also making plans to make up the academic losses of the students.”
Abhibhavak Oikko forum (Guardian Unity Forum) President Ziaul Kabir Dulu said “The rate of infection of covid-19 has come down while over 30 lakh people have already received the vaccine, so now the environment of reopening of the schools is favourable.”
Welcoming the government’s decision, the academicians stressed the need to following health guidelines at educational institutions.
Rasheda K. Choudhury, Executive Director of Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), said “We were all in a state of uncertainty. But now we have come to a specific decision through the announcement of the date of school reopening.”
“I also thank the government for not opening all the educational institutions. My advice is that the health guidelines should be followed strictly after reopening of the institutions,” Rasheda K. Choudhury said.
Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education Director (Secondary) Prof Belal Hossain said, “Although the educational institutions are going to be opened, it is not possible to bring all the students to schools every day. So our online education will also continue.”