Schools, colleges may reopen June 13

Staff Correspondent

27 May, 2021 12:00 AM printer

The government will reopen all the primary, secondary and higher secondary-level educational institutions on June 13 unless the coronavirus situation worsens further.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni came up with the announcement while talking to reporters at a virtual press conference on various issues related to the closure of schools and colleges due to the corona pandemic.

“We have planned to reopen all the educational institutions on June 13.We want to reopen the institutions on the day unless the existing corona situation deteriorates further,” she said.

The education minister also said the decision to reopen the universities will be taken in consultation with the university authorities and the University Grants Commission (UGC). Dipu Moni said the government has extended the ongoing closure of the educational institutions from May 29 to June 12 due to the surge in corona cases in the country.

Apart from mentioning the probable date for reopening schools and colleges, she said the government has taken all preparations to resume full-fledged educational activities within next two months.

The government earlier had planned to reopen the educational institutions several times but it had to extend the closure of the institutions as the corona situation is yet to come under control.

On February 27, the education minister announced that schools and colleges will reopen on March 30 and the universities on May 24. But reopening of the educational institutions could not have been possible due to the second wave of coronavirus.

Dipu Moni said the education ministry is planning to hold in-person classes for SSC and HSC examinees of 2021 and 2022 six days a week after reopening of schools and colleges on June 13.

The duration of in-person classes for SSC and HSC examinees of 2021 have been set at 60 and 84 days respectively while the duration of classes for SSC and HSC examinees of 2022 set at 150 and 180 days respectively.

After completion of the classes, there will be a two-week gap. And then the SSC or HSC exams will be held, Dipu Moni said.

On the other hand, students from the sixth grade to the ninth grade will have to attend classes one day a week.

With improvement of the corona situation, the number of class days in a week may be increased gradually, she said and urged the students, parents and teachers to go by the health guidelines.

The probable date for holding the SSC and HSC exams will be announced after the start of the classes, she said

About the Junior School Certificate (JSC) exams, the education minister said, “We are thinking about JSC exams. If possible, we will hold the JSC exams; otherwise promotion of the students will be done on the basis of assignment.”

But the education ministry could not make any decision on reopening of the universities as it wants to ensure vaccination of the residential students before taking decision in this regard.

Dipu Moni said, “There is a lot of crowd at the halls of residence at the universities. We sought information from the UGC about the number of vaccinated students.”

She said the decision to reopen of the universities will depend on the vaccination of the students.

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Zakir Hossain also expressed solidarity with the decision of opening the educational institutions.

He said students of class five will attend in-person classes six days a week whereas students of classes one to four will go to school once a week.

The government on March 17 last year closed all the educational institutions, aiming to check the spread of coronavirus. The closure led to cancellation of different public exams and left academic calendars in disarray.

The educational activities of around 40 million students across the country are being hampered due to the unprecedented closure.