Schools, colleges reopen March 30

Staff Correspondent | Published: 21:00, Feb 27,2021 | Updated: 00:10, Feb 28,2021


Dipu Moni

Schools, colleges and madrassahs will reopen on a limited scale on March 30 a year after their closure for the COVID-19 outbreak, said education minister Dipu Moni after a cabinet committee meeting on Saturday.

Maintaining health guidelines, students of Class V will attend classes five days a week and students of Class X (old) and Class XII six days a week, she said.

Students of other classes will attend classes in a day by rotations in a week, Dipu Moni added.

Pre-primary students need not go to schools till the situation becomes normal again, she added.

‘Educational institutions will ensure required facilities for maintaining health guidelines set by the government and the agencies concerned will monitor their implementations,’ she added.

Public and private universities, however, will reopen on May 24 after vaccination of all the teachers and 1.30 lakh residential students of public universities.

 ‘The education ministry is working with the health ministry for giving the COVID-19 vaccine to residential students and an estimated six lakh teachers and other staff,’ she added.

Dipu Moni said that the government had already customised syllabuses for the Secondary School Certificate and Higher Secondary Certificate examinations.

‘The SSC examinations are likely to be held in July and the HSC examinations are likely to be held in the following month, she added.     

Dipu Moni, health minister Zahid Maleque, home minister Asaduzzaman Khan and state minister for primary and mass education Md Zakir Hossain, among others, were present at the cabinet committee meeting.

The meeting was held after prime minister Sheikh Hasina on February 22 had asked the education ministry to hold an inter-ministerial meeting to review whether educational institutions could be reopened soon.

She gave the directive while presiding over the weekly cabinet meeting virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban amid student protests at various public universities demanding immediate reopening of their residential halls and holding examinations.


The government later allowed holding the pending and scheduled examinations of seven colleges under Dhaka University on condition of not opening their residential halls.

The government also ordered reopening of halls of other public universities on May 17 after vaccination of all teachers and residential students of the universities.

The government on February 22 also decided that no examinations at public and private universities would be held till their reopening on May.

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

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