The government will reopen schools and colleges across the country on 13 June, if the coronavirus infection rate drops below 5 percent.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said, “Experts opine that schools should not be opened, if the infection rate comes down and drops below five per cent.”The infection rate went up due to movement of people during the Eid-ul-Fitr, the minister said while addressing a commemorative meeting on former minister Abdul Matin Khasru at Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Saturday.
“We have said that we will open the schools on June 13. We want to reopen the schools within the shortest possible time. We have all sorts of preparations but we have to keep the corona situation in mind,” she told at the programme organized by Nagarik Samaj. Awami League presidium member Matia Chowdhury was the chief guest while Education Minister Dipu Moni as key discussant in the meeting.
As of Saturday, as many as 13,184 samples were tested across the country in the last 24 hours, yielding a positivity rate of 7.91 percent.
Earlier on 27 May, the Ministry of Education directed to make necessary preparations and arrangements for reopening of the educational institution from 13 June.
Dipu Moni said they would not put the public life at risk.
“We said that the schools will open on June 13. There are pressures from different quarters. Some groups call movement which not reflects the opinion of students and the guardians,” she said.Dipu Moni mentioned that the government has all types of preparation to reopen schools but all depends on the corona situation.
“We have continued the academic learning system amid closure of school for last one year. The dimension of the online education has been increased significantly and the students and teachers have habituated with the distant learning,” she said.
Former Minister Qamrul Islam and Bangladesh Medical Association (BMA) President Mustafa Jalal Mohiuddin also took part in the meeting presided over by Barrister Sohrab Khan.