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Educational institutions to remain shut till Jan 16

  • Published at 02:14 pm December 18th, 2020
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Schools have been closed since March 17 amid the Covid-19 outbreak

The government has decided to keep all educational institutions of the country closed till January 16 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In an official notification on Friday, the Education Ministry extended the ongoing shutdown.

The government had announced general holidays in late March in the wake of the pandemic and shut all the educational institutions from March 17.

Although activities at both government and private offices were gradually restored, educational institutions have not been reopened.

Last month, shutdown on all educational institutions, except Qawmi madrasas, was extended till December 19.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) on Sunday decided to allow public universities to hold semester exams for final year students.

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The Dhaka University (DU) authorities have decided to take the examinations of its final year and master’s students from December 26.

The government decided not to hold the Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), and equivalent examinations, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Junior Secondary Certificate (JSC) and Primary Education Completion (PEC) also followed suit due to the pandemic.

Many students of private universities and schools are taking lessons from home and attending online classes.

Educational institutions also had to seek out different methods to grade performance of students. 

Bangladesh has been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic since March 8. So far, more than 7,100 people lost their lives to the disease and nearly 5 million affected.