Closure of educational institutions extended till January 16

Staff Correspondent | Published: 16:39, Dec 18,2020 | Updated: 00:18, Dec 19,2020


The government on Friday decided to extend further the closure of educational institutions of the country till January 16, 2021, said a press release issued by the education ministry.

The quami madrassahs, however, are exempt from the closure order and will continue normal educational activities maintaining the government-imposed health guidelines, education ministry officials said.

Other educational institutions — from primary schools to universities — would, however, continue  administrative activities for online admissions, online classes or online exams, they added.

Since March 17, the classroom activities of the educational institutions in the country have remained suspended due to the COVIDE-19 outbreak.

Amid the closure of the educational institutions, the government, however, ordered continuation of online classes and also broadcast classes for the primary and secondary level students on Sangsad TV, the designated TV channel for distance learning, and Bangladesh Betar.

The government decided not to hold any annual exam or admission test for pre-primary to Class IX students.

Instructions were passed to promote students to the next classes giving assignments and admission tests through an online lottery.

The primary education completion, junior school certificate and Higher Secondary Certificate examinations were cancelled amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

It was only last week that the public universities were asked to hold the final semester examinations for bachelor’s and master’s degree students on conditions that halls would remain closed and the examinations would be held maintaining the health guidelines.

The government is yet to take any decision on holding the year-end tests at schools through which candidates are selected for the SSC examinations.

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