Published:  02:30 AM, 23 February 2021

Decision on school reopening soon

Amid coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday directed authorities concerned to review the situation whether the environment is created to reopen the educational institutions.

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said this after a weekly virtual meeting of the Cabinet Division chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Khandker Anwarul Islam said, "We are keeping the matter of safety in our mind. It has been so long. In other countries, the education centers have remained open virtually. Keeping these matters in view, the prime minister has instructed us to give it a thought and move with the reopening."

"We will sit at a meeting (inter-ministerial) within 5-6 days to review the situation regarding reopening of educational," he further said. The cabinet secretary said: "We are yet to decide on a date of reopening. The prime minister has asked us to confirm the inoculation of teachers and other education officials."

The government shut the educational institutions on March 17, 2020 after the first Covid-19 cases were detected in the country on March 8 last year. The closure was extended several times, most recently until next February 28.

Bangladesh detected 366 new cases of the coronavirus on Monday, taking the tally of infections to 543,717. The death toll climbed to 8,356 after seven fatalities were registered in a 24-hour period, according to data released by the government.

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