Exams in 7 DU-affiliated colleges to continue

Staff Correspondent

25 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Ministry of Education on Wednesday decided to continue holding the examinations of seven colleges affiliated with Dhaka University as per schedule.

The decision was taken following the protest of the students over postponement of their examinations.

However, residential halls will remain closed and mandatory health safety rules for Covid-19 must strictly be followed during the exams, said Abul Khair, public relations officer (PRO) of Education Ministry.

The decision was taken at an emergency

meeting virtually attended by Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, DU Vice-chancellor Muhammad Akhtaruzzaman and principals of the seven colleges.

Welcoming the decision the agitating students of the colleges called of their protest demanding resumption of classes.

Abu Hanif, one of the leaders of the agitating students of Kabi Nazrul Government College, confirmed the matter.

Earlier, the students of the colleges gathered in the capital’s Nilkhet area and staged demonstration protesting postponement of their examinations.

They threatened to continue their protests unless the authorities change their decision.

The blockade created heavy traffic congestion in the area causing immense suffering to commuters.

Common people, mainly office-goers, had to suffer a lot due to traffic congestion at the busy intersection.

The agitating students alleged that they are facing session jam as the colleges have been affiliated with the DU.

Sumiya Zaman, a student at Eden College, said, “We have only one exam left to be held in our four-year undergraduate course.”

Protester Sumon Hossain said: “We cannot be victims of session jam anymore. We want nothing but resumption of our academic activities.”

Earlier on Tuesday evening, the principals of seven colleges had a meeting with the Dhaka University authorities.

The meeting decided to postpone the examination citing the reason of corona situation in the country.

Earlier on February 22, the government decided to reopen the residential halls of all universities on May 17 and resume classes on May 24.

The Ministry of Education issued a directive to keep all the examinations postponed till then.

On that day, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, said that all the teachers and employees of the public universities will be vaccinated before resumption of classes at the institutions.

No examination will be held before the universities reopen, but online classes will continue, she added.