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Universities to resume classes on May 24, Dipu Moni says

PM orders review of pandemic situation to reopen educational institutions

| Updated: February 23, 2021 08:08:43

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Classes of all universities will resume on May 24 and dormitories will reopen on May 17 after a year of shutdown due to coronavirus pandemic.

Education Minister Dipu Moni disclosed the information in a virtual media briefing in Dhaka on Monday, reports bdnews24.com.

Students will return to brick-and-mortar classrooms after the Eid-ul-Fitr, Dipu Moni said amid protests by the students of different universities demanding the reopening of dormitories.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday directed authorities concerned to review the pandemic situation whether the environment is created to reopen the educational institutions amid Covid-19 pandemic.

According to BSS, Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam conveyed the directive of the prime minister at a media briefing emerging from the weekly cabinet meeting held at the secretariat.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina chaired the meeting, joining virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban.

 “We will sit at a meeting (inter-ministerial) within 5-6 days to review the situation regarding reopening of educational institutions as per the directive of the prime minister,” Islam said

The cabinet secretary said they would first review the environment whether the situation is created to reopen the educational institutions, and then, the decision would be taken in this regard.

He said now the educational institutions remain open in the European countries except England.

The prime minister asked the authorities concerned to ensure vaccines first for teachers and employees of the educational institutions and then students, he said.

The government shut the educational institutions on March 17, 2020 after the first Covid-19 cases were detected in the country on March 8 last year. The closure was extended several times, most recently until next February 28.

The universities were shut down on Mar 17 last year after the coronavirus outbreak in Bangladesh. Classes resumed online on a limited scale but the dormitories remained closed.

Weary of the long shutdown, students of different public universities have launched protests for the reopening of the dormitories.

Following a clash with the local people, students of Jahangirnagar University broke into a dorm and remained there defying the authorities.

About 50 students of Dhaka University also started a protest on Monday and broke into the university’s Shahidullah Hall, with some returning to their designated rooms.

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