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Govt mulling reopening educational institutions on limited scale: Minister

29 Oct 2020 19:30, Somoy English Desk
Govt mulling reopening educational institutions on limited scale: Minister
Govt mulling reopening educational institutions on limited scale: Minister

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Thursday said the government is thinking of opening the educational institutions on a limited scale keeping in mind the candidates of the next Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) examinations.

While addressing a virtual press conference, she said they might give a try to reopening schools, colleges and universities. “However, everything depends on the coronavirus situation.”

The minister said the coronavirus infections have once again seen a rise across the world.
 
She said there remains the risk as experts fear that coronavirus infections might rise in winter. “However, we’re considering what to do to reopen educational institutions on a limited scale minimising the health risk considering those who will take part in the SCC or HSC examination. If the situation remains under control, we’ll take that decision.”

Meanwhile, all the educational institutions will remain shut until November 14 following the coronavirus pandemic, the minister said.

She also said there will be no book festival on the first day of the next academic year unlike every year due to the coronavirus prevalence.

Dipu Moni said they are thinking about an alternative way to reach books to students.

Earlier on October 1, the government extended the closure of all educational institutions until October 31.

On March 23, the government declared general holidays from March 26, aiming to prevent the transmission of coronavirus.

Earlier on March 16, the government closed all the educational institutions to contain the virus. 

Later, the closure was extended in several phases. 

However, the government withdrew the general holidays and lifted shutdown from May 31.

Meanwhile, the HSC and equivalent, Junior School Certificate (JSC), Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC), Primary Education Completion (PEC) and Ebtedayee and annual examinations at the secondary level will not be held this year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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