Educational institution closure extended till Feb 28

Staff Correspondent | Published: 10:33, Feb 14,2021 | Updated: 00:14, Feb 15,2021


The government on Sunday extended the closure of educational institutions until February 28 amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

Quami madrassahs, however, are exempted from the order and will continue normal educational activities, said an education ministry press release issued on Sunday.

Other educational institutions, from primary schools to universities, will continue administrative activities for online admissions and online classes or examinations, it added.

Since March 17, 2020, classroom activities of educational institutions in the country have remained closed due to the COVID-19 crisis.

In order to make up for the learning loss, the government ordered educational institutions to hold classes online and the government also broadcast classes for primary and secondary students on the Sangsad TV channel and Bangladesh Betar.

The Primary Education Completion, Junior School Certificate and Higher Secondary Certificate examinations of 2020 were cancelled due to the COVID-19 crisis.

The government also decided to customise the syllabuses for the HSC and SSC examinations of 2021 so that students can take preparations in a short period of time, attending face-to-face classes at their respective institutions after their reopening.

The government decided not to hold any annual examinations or admission test for pre-primary to Class IX students in 2020 for which instructions were passed to promote students to the next classes giving assignments and complete the admission process through an online lottery.

In December 2020, public universities were asked to hold the final semester examinations for bachelor and masters’ students without opening halls and maintaining the health guidelines.

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