The decision will be taken considering the Covid situation, says the minister

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Saturday said the closure of the educational institutions will not be extended further.

The minister was speaking as the chief guest at the award distribution ceremony among the winners of Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) International Model Conference in Dhaka.

Educational institutions can be reopened as the risk of Covid-19 infection and death is much lower now due to vaccination, Health Minister Zahid Maleque has said.

“The education minister has hinted at reopening schools and colleges after February 21… We would suggest that they be opened in compliance with hygiene rules,” he said on Saturday during an event in Manikganj with doctors and politicians.

However, people still need to follow health rules and the directives issued by the government, he said before urging unvaccinated students to take the jab as soon as possible. “We have already inoculated 85% of the target population.”

On Saturday, Bangladesh recorded 5,023 new coronavirus cases, taking the total caseload to 1,904,826.

It also recorded 20 deaths from in a day, taking the total toll from the disease to 28,791, according to the latest government data released.

As many as 30,448 samples were tested across the country, for a positivity rate of 16.5%.

On January 21, the government announced that all the schools and colleges of the country will remain closed from January 21 to February 6 in an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19. 

On February 2, the government extended the closure of secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions by two weeks until February 20.

The following day, the Ministry of Education issued an 11-point directive, including resuming online classes, for schools and colleges during the closure.

Besides, the vaccination of students, aged between 12 to 17 years, against Covid-19 was directed to be continued following the health guidelines in coordination with the zonal offices of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, District Education Office, Upazila Secondary Education Offices, local administrations and Civil Surgeons.

After a long closure due to the pandemic, the students of schools and colleges in Bangladesh returned to their classrooms on September 12 last year.

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.

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