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In-person classes once a week likely after schools reopen

  • Published at 06:47 pm September 4th, 2021
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A staff member cleans benches at a classroom in a school in Dhaka on Saturday, September 4, 2021, as the authorities have decided to reopen the educational institutions soon Mehedi Hasan/Dhaka Tribune

The final call over the number of in-person classes will be announced on September 11, says deputy minister for education

In-person classes are likely to be held only once a week after the schools and colleges reopen, says Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel.

He made the remarks while speaking to the media in Chittagong.

“Initially, we are considering taking one in-person class each week. This might also change,” he said.

He added that the final decision on the matter will be announced on September 11, a day before schools and colleges are set to reopen across the country after nearly a year-and-half.

Nowfel said that the ministry was also mulling over how to take the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) exams in-person, on a now shortened syllabus.

“The assignments continue as they have been till now. We have also outlined a new syllabus but it can be implemented after discussion with the prime minister,” he added.

The state minister said the closure of educational institutions for such an extended period of time has impacted the students’ mental health.

Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel speaking at an event in Chittagong on September 4, 2021 | Dhaka Tribune

“We have tried to continue educational activities online and offline, on television everywhere under the direction of the prime minister,” he said before adding it was, however, not enough.

Earlier on Thursday, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni announced that schools and colleges will reopen on September 12.

With Bangladesh seeing a significant drop in coronavirus infections recently, the decision to reopen schools and colleges came as per the recommendation of the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19 during a meeting on Thursday.

In March last year, the government shut down all educational institutions after the coronavirus pandemic unfolded in Bangladesh. 

Fresh waves of infections thwarted several attempts by the ministry to reopen schools with the latest closure being extended till September 11.

On August 24, the authorities issued guidelines as part of preparations to reopen the educational institutions.

The Education Ministry has also decided that universities might be reopened after October 15, considering the vaccination of students and teachers.

According to Unicef, Bangladesh is second in terms of keeping schools closed for the longest time and more than 40 million students from the primary to tertiary level have been affected.