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Education institutions to remain closed till May 30

  • Published at 06:20 pm May 5th, 2020
Students in a classroom at a primary school Dhaka Tribune

The decision comes following the extension of nationwide general holiday till May 16

The Ministry of Education has decided to extend the shutdown of schools and colleges across Bangladesh till May 30. 

The decision came following the government’s decision to extend the nationwide general holiday till May 16, Secondary and Higher Education Secretary Mahbub Hossain told Dhaka Tribune on Tuesday. 

A circular in this regard will be issued soon. 

Earlier this week, a circular issued by the Ministry of Public Administration stated that no education institution would be allowed to reopen during the extended general holiday. 

After the first detection of Covid-19 in Bangladesh on March 8, followed by the first report of death on March 18, the Education Ministry closed all schools, colleges and universities from March 18 to 31, and later extended the closure till April 9 due to the global pandemic. 

On April 7, the ministry decided to extend the shutdown till the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays.

Due to the situation, the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations, scheduled to start on April 1, was also postponed indefinitely. 

The government imposed a nationwide “general holiday” on March 26 to prevent transmission of Covid-19, a highly contagious and severely acute respiratory infection caused by the novel coronavirus. The holiday was extended several times – the latest on Monday. 

As of Tuesday, Bangladesh has reported 10,929 confirmed cases of Covid-19 since the first detection on March 8. Of them, 183 patients have died, according to the Directorate General of Health Services.