Closure of educational institutions for Covid-19

Published:  02:07 AM, 10 June 2021

Gradual reopening suggested

Gradual reopening suggested Bangladesh Kindergarten Association (BKA) stages a demonstration in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding reopening of the educational institutions on June 13. -AA
Experts have suggested gradual reopening of educational institutions across the country, which has remained closed for more than one year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

After the first Covid-19 case was recorded in Bangladesh on March 8, 2020, the government took a decision to keep all the educational institutions closed from March 17 to 31 as a precautionary measure. The closure still continues as the situation hasn't allowed reopening schools, colleges and universities. Education Minister Dipu Moni on May 29 this year hinted at reopening educational institutions from June 13 in consideration of the situation. As the infections are on the rise again, the closure may be extended.

Prof Mushtuq Hussain, adviser of the Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research (IEDCR), said, "Preparations should be taken to reopen educational institutions as the future of students has been endangered due to prolonged closure. Viva and other exams of the universities need to be taken in compliance of health protocols on experimental basis. But primary schools should be reopened after observing the situation."

Noted academician Prof NC Bhowmik said, "Students are in a bleak uncertainty as their educational institutions have remained closed for a long period of time due to the coronavirus pandemic. The government should seriously think about the reopening schools, colleges and universities considering the situation."

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