Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Thursday said the government is considering resuming classes on a limited scale for SSC and HSC examinees for the sake of their preparation by maintaining health precautions.
“But everything depends on the Covid-19 situation as Covid-19 cases continue to rise around the world and there is speculation that the number of cases might go up in our country in winter,” she said while addressing a virtual press conference.“If the situation improves in the coming weeks, we will try to reopen classes on a limited scale.”
“Those who will take part in the public examinations next year have had their studies disrupted. If we can open their classes on a limited scale, they can finish their syllabus before the exam,” she said.
When asked if there is a possibility of postponing next year’s SSC exams, the minister said, “We will see if there is any health risk for the students. If needed, we can postpone. That will depend on the situation. We can not say right now when we will take the exam. We will make a decision when the time comes." About two million students are scheduled to sit for next year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent exams in February and 1.3 million are expected to take Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent exams slated for April 2021.
All government and private primary schools and kindergartens will also be closed till November 14. A notice was served from the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education on Thursday, regarding the matter.
During this time, the students would have to stay in their respective residences and houses to protect themselves and others from Covid-19 infection.
Regarding this year’s admission test at the public universities, the education minister said: “We will make sure that everyone’s interest is protected in this regard.”She said: “If everyone starts taking physical exams, we will see what kind of situation it creates. However, if the admission test is taken in an integrated manner, the suffering of the students will be reduced and the time spent will be less.”
Dipu Moni also said the government is mulling over the possibilities of opening the universities and colleges in the country on a limited scale.
She said the students at this level are matured. So, they are contemplating how to open these institutions.
“We have different ideas like if necessary, the classes can be taken by dividing the students into smaller groups,” she mentioned adding that all decisions will be informed in due course in this regard.
About the book festival, she said the government will not distribute books to school students at the start of next year through any festival. But the ministry will distribute to the students in different ways.