Coronavirus Fallout

English medium schools go online

Shamim Jahangir

8 April, 2020 12:00 AM printer

English medium schools have started teaching their students using various apps, including WhatsApp, as classes at all education institutions are now suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Talking to daily sun on Tuesday, Masudul Huq, who is working at a news portal and now working from home, said his two daughters, who are in the first and third grades at Playpen School in Bashundhara Residential Area, have already been given homework.

He said his two daughters were having boring days after the authority announced closure of the school in the middle of last month.  But now they have got back to their normal life after the introduction of the virtual lesson through social apps, he said.

Another guardian said his daughter is a preschooler and doing her homework virtually.

“Now, I am also busy with my daughter,” he said.                        

The Directorate of Primary, Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) has already started telecasting recorded classes for students ranging from the first grade to the tenth grade at Sangsad Television and BTV.  “My three daughters who are studying at Viqarunnisa Noon School & College are taking lessons by watching Sangsad TV programme,” Nazmin, a guardian said.

The government has announced closure of all educational institutions and coaching centres until April 14 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

About 40 million students are now staying at home. Of them, the number of primary and secondary students is approximately 17.5 million and 10 million respectively.

Sources said that the primary and mass education ministry may extend the closure until Eid ul-Fitr if the situation worsens. Under the circumstances, the government has taken an alternative measures to recover the losses.