All the schools and colleges across the country will reopen on September 12 after 18 months’ closure due to the coronavirus pandemic, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said on Sunday.
“We are fully prepared for reopening schools and colleges on September 12. But if there is anything left to be done to this end, it will be completed by September 9,” the education minister said.
The minister said the examinees of Primary Education Completion (PEC), Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) will have to attend classes in person daily. But the students of classes 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 9 will have come to class once week, she added. “Wearing masks and social distancing must be maintained on the campus premises. There will be adequate arrangements for hand sanitisers and other hygiene products to be provided by the authorities, she said
Dipu Moni said every school will have to send report daily to the ministry over the situation. The ministry will also conduct corona test for the students after collecting their sample from different parts of the country to monitor the situation.
“If any students develop symptom of coronavirus, they will not be allowed to go to school while the local administration will close educational institution, if infections rise at any area close to that institution.”
The assembly at the educational institutions will not be allowed this time but students will be allowed to play on the academic premises by maintaining social distancing, Dipu Moni said
“We have an earlier decision to reopen the universities in the middle of October, but we will sit again with the vice-chancellors of the universities this week regarding reopening of the universities,” Dipu Moni said.
About the vaccination of the under-12 students, she said the decision will be taken in this regard as per the recommendation of the technical committee based on the availability of vaccines.
The health minister on Saturday said those between the age group 12-18 may have an opportunity to receive Moderna or Pfizer vaccines as per recommendation of the World Health Organization (WHO).
However, the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) on Sunday said there are no such plans as they are yet to receive any instruction from the government in this regard.
On August 26, the government extended the closure of secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions until September 11.
Earlier on Thursday, the National Technical Advisory Committee (NTAC) on Covid-19 recommended reopening of the educational institutions as the corona infection rate has gone down.
Over four crore students from primary to higher education level across the country remained out of academic activities since March 17 last year due to the corona pandemic.