The government on Thursday took a decision to reopen all the schools and colleges across the country on May 23, considering the recent surge in Covid-19 cases and fatalities.
The decision came after Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni discussed the overall situation with the National Technical Advisory Committee on Coronavirus and others concerned.However, the education ministry said in a statement that the online classes will be continued during the closure of the educational institutions in the country.
The ministry also urged the students, teachers and parents to follow the health guidelines properly during the closure amid the pandemic.
Earlier in the day, Dipu Moni said, “If Covid-19 infections continue to rise, the ongoing closure of primary, secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions may be extended till Eid in coordination with the closure of universities.”
She came up with the information while talking to reporters after attending a discussion organised by Bangladesh Awami League Dhaka City South Unit, marking Genocide Day at Bangabandhu Avenue in Dhaka.
After a year of closure due to the pandemic and significant academic losses, the government on February 27 announced that all schools and colleges will be reopening on March 30.
All school teachers and employees were also asked to be vaccinated before the schools resume in-person classes while authorities of other educational institutions were directed to get ready.But the Covid-19 situation has drastically worsened in the past few days, leading students, teachers and parents to panic about the scheduled reopening.
Earlier, in the face of the Covid-19 outbreak in the country, the government shut all educational institutions on March 17 last year to contain mass infection.
The closures were extended in several phases, with the latest extension on February 27 when it was decided that the schools and colleges would reopen on March 30.
The pandemic also resulted in the cancellation of last year’s Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations.
The government also scrapped Primary Education Completion (PEC) exams for fifth graders, the Junior School Certificate (JSC) and Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC) exams for eighth graders, and the annual exams for students of grades 6-10.
As per the decision, public and private universities are set to resume on May 24 and residential halls are supposed to reopen on May 17.