Schools, colleges won’t reopen on June 13

Staff Correspondent

8 June, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Educational institutions are not reopening on June 13 as the government has extended the ongoing restrictions on public movement to curb the further spread of Covid-19 infection.

Education Ministry sources said the educational institutions cannot be reopened on the scheduled date following the advice of the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19.

The decision to allow in-person exams, made in accordance with the recommendations of the University Grants Commission (UGC), will also remain suspended till June 16, due to the fresh extension of the restrictions on public movement.

After improving the pandemic situation, the educational institutions will be reopened in phases while the university halls and campuses will be reopened

following the vaccination of students.

Earlier, Education minister Dr Dipu Moni on May 26 expressed hope that educational institutions up to higher secondary level would reopen on June 13 if the Covid-19 situation becomes favourable.

But the Covid-19 cases and deaths have surged again in the country. Moreover, spreading of Indian variant of the virus in bordering districts has created fresh apprehension.

Amid the situation, the Cabinet on Sunday decided to extend the restrictions on public movement and gatherings, which were imposed on April 5. All the educational institutes of the country have been shut since March 17 last year. The closure was extended multiple times since then.

Educationists voiced concerned over the loss incurred by the closure and urged the authorities to take long term recovery plan to make up for the loss of students.

The education ministry plans to hold SSC and HSC examinations for this year and the next year on a curtailed curriculum. Two separate short curriculums have been also prepared to this end.

Initially after the reopening, SSC and HSC examinees of this year and the next year would attend class six days in a week and students of other classes would attend a class a week. Academic activities would resume fully by turns.