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Schools, colleges to reopen on Sept 12

Decision finalised on Sunday

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All primary, secondary and higher secondary-level educational institutions will reopen on September 12, said Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni.

The minister said this after the decision was finalised at an inter-ministerial meeting at the cabinet division on Sunday, reports UNB.

After the reopening, the SSC and HSC examinees of 2020-2021, and the students of class 5 will attend classes regularly while the students of class 1-4 and 6-9 will attend classes once a week initially, Dipu Moni said.

Later, all the classes will be held regularly, she added.

"All will need to wear masks and maintain health guidelines at educational institutes. The decision may change if the Covid-19 situation deteriorates", said the minister.

Regarding the reopening of universities, the minister said there will be a meeting with the syndicate committees of the universities, and those may be reopened in October as there is a vaccination issue.

Replying to a question, Dipu Moni said the preparations to hold JSC, JDC and all the final exams will be taken in advance.

Regarding the vaccination of the under-12, she said the decision will be taken as per the recommendation of the technical committee as per the availability of vaccines.

Earlier, on August 26, the government extended the closure of secondary and higher secondary-level educational institutions until September 11.

The government shut the educational institutions on March 17, 2020 after the country reported its first Covid-19 cases on March 8 and later the closure was extended several times.

On Friday, Education Minister Dipu Moin announced the decision of reopening the educational institutions in the country on September 12.

On Saturday, Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel said the Ministry of Education is planning to take classes once a week after the reopening of the schools and colleges on September 12.

The long closure of schools and colleges due to the Covid-19 pandemic has created a mental pressure on the students and there had been efforts to continue education online but that was not enough,Nowfel added.

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