Schools, colleges to reopen on March 30 after a year of closure
Published : Saturday, 27 February, 2021 at 8:54 PM Count : 713
The government has decided to reopen schools, colleges and madrasahs in the country from March 30 after a year of closure due to Covid 19 pandemic.
At the same time, the educational institutions will continue their classes during the month of holy Ramadan.
The decisions were taken in an inter-ministerial meeting held at Saturday evening in the Cabinet Division conference room with Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni in the chair. After the meeting Dipu Moni briefed media about the meeting decision.
However, the pre-primary schools will not be considered under the decision of reopening the schools. The decision of reopening the pre-primary schools will be taken after observing the overall situation, Dipu Moni said in the briefing.
According to the meeting decision, the students of Class-VI to VIII will attend classes a day in a week initially. But, the classes for the examinees of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams will continue six days a week.
She said that the classes of Class-V, SSC and HSC students will continue six days a week except the weekly holidays while classes of other students will remain open a day in a week.
Agriculture Minister Dr. Abdur Razzaque, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal, State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Jakir Hossain attended the meeting.
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam, Home Ministry’s Security Services Division Senior Secretary Mostafa Kamal Uddin, Scondary and Higher Education Secretary Md. Mahbub Hossain, Health Services Division Secretary Abdul Mannan, Technical and Madrasah Education Division Secretary Aminul Islam Khan, Cabinet Division (Coordination and Reform) Secretary Kamal Hossain, Inspector General of Police Dr. Benazir Ahmed and Director General of Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS) ABM Khairul Bashar also attended the meeting.
Earlier, the government gave announcement of opening universities and higher educational institutions from May 24 this year amid the agitation of the students demanding reopening the universities and halls.
Regarding the decision, Dipu Moni said that all students, teachers and staffers will be vaccinated before opening the halls and universities.
After detection of first Covid 19 patient on March 8 last year, the government declared closure of all educational institutions from March 17 that year. Later, the closure extended till February 28 this year.
In the Cabinet meeting held on February 22 this year, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the authorities concern to take decision about opening educational institutions reviewing overall situation.