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Nat’l panel for making SOP for edn institutions

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 8 September, 2021 12:00 AM
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Nat’l panel for making SOP for edn institutions

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The National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 has advised that a standard operating procedure (SOP) on preventive measures be formulated to contain Covid-19 when educational institutions reopen amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

It came up with the advice from its 45th meeting held virtually on September 2 with its President Prof Dr Mohammod Shahidullah in the chair.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni, State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossain, Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury Nowfel and secretaries of the ministries concerned also joined the meeting.

In the meeting, the national committee observed that though the daily coronavirus infection rate is coming down steadily, cases and fatalities are still to come under total control.

Mentioning that the educational institutions remain closed for over 17 months while the government continued academic activities remotely, they said teachers, employees and residential students above 18 have already been inoculated and steps have been taken to vaccinate other students aged above 18 years.

The advisory committee said the use of masks will have to be ensured at schools and other educational institutions if they are opened and legal action will have to be taken in case of any violation.

Masks will have to be distributed centrally and other public health measures, including hand washing, senitisation and general cleanliness, will also have to be followed. “An SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) will have to be made by the authorities concerned as per the guidelines of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).”

They said at least 80 percent of teachers and employees of schools and other educational institutions must be vaccinated against Covid-19 and they can join offices 14 days after taking their second dose and in some cases, the educational institutions can allow them to offices after 14 days of the first dose. Students aged above 18 will have to be inoculated immediately, the national committee said.

At educational institutions with residential facilities, including schools, madrasas and colleges, all gatherings at cafeteria, dinning hall, TV room and sports room, must be suspended and food will have to be served to inmates at their rooms directly from the kitchen.

Not more than one student should use a bed and students have to follow specific instructions about prayers and rallies in madrasas. “The authorities concerned will prepare an SOP in this regard as per the directives of the DGHS.”

All have to maintain quarantine or isolation if any coronavirus symptom is found in any of them.

The authorities of the educational institutions will have to give clear ideas about the health rules through holding orientation of teachers, students, guardians and other employees of the educational institutions.