All secondary and higher secondary educational institutions and universities of the country will reopen on February 22 for in-person classes, maintaining corona-safety protocols.
The decision has been taken in view of the declining crona cases in the country, said Education Minister Dipu Moni at a press conference at the conference room of the ministry on Thursday.
She said the students who have completed two doses inoculation against Covid-19 are allowed to attend classes physically in the schools while the students who did not get the first or second doses would attend online classes only.
She also said after observing the situation for a maximum of two weeks from February 22, a decision on resumption of in-person classes at the primary level will be taken.
The universities can also resume in-person classes from February 22, she added.
The decisions were taken following a meeting with the national technical advisory committee on Covid-19 on Wednesday night and directives from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, said Dipu Moni.
She said that the number of in-person classes from class-VI to class-XII would be held the way it used to be held before the closure.
“We are hoping that within February 21 most of the students will get the second dose of the vaccine,” she said.
The education minister also said piloting (experimental) classes will start at 62 secondary level schools under the new curriculum from February 22.
The new curriculum will be started experimentally from February 22 at 22 schools of secondary level while it will be started from March at the primary level.
She said, “According to the new curriculum, students and teachers of the educational institutions will be able to enjoy two days weekly holiday.”
Replying to a question, she also said they were hoping to hold Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations between July and August this year.
State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossen, Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Division Md Abu Bakar Siddique, Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DHSE) Director General (DG) Prof Nehal Ahmed and Technical and Madrasah Division Secretary Tariqul Islam, among others, attended the press conference.
Earlier on January 21, the government announced the closure of schools, colleges and equivalent educational institutions across the country until February 6 to contain the Covid-19.
On February 2, the government extended the closure of educational institutions by two more weeks.
Earlier, the government kept all educational institutions shut for more than one and a half years from March 18, 2020 to September 11, 2021 due to the Covid-19 situation.