TEACHING STUDENTS AMID COVID OUTBREAK

Primary edn ministry plans to send teachers to communities

Ershad Kamol | Published: 23:56, May 05,2021

 
 

Primary and mass education ministry will officially instruct the government primary school teachers to personally communicate with each of their students and visit the communities where students have no facilities to participate in distance learning.

State minister for primary education Md Zakir Hossain claimed that following his verbal instructions passed in a zoom meeting in March, several teachers and thana primary education officials had conducted classes visiting the communities the students belong to before the enforcement of restrictions on movements on April 5 of the current year.

‘After the end of the ongoing restrictions, we are planning to send teachers to the communities and ask students to gather at a place nearby their residents to take lessons if the closure of schools for Covid is further extended,’ Zakir told New Age on Tuesday.

‘We are making various other plans to engage all students in education and make up for learning losses as we are clueless about when regular classes will resume. But we heard from teachers that many students were not following their instructions and are not doing homework following classes broadcast on radio and Sangsad TV channel,’ Zakir added.

Government primary school teachers said that hardly any government primary school students followed classes broadcast on radio stations and the designated TV channel. But, they said that the decision of forcing all teachers to go to the communities for teaching students near their residents would be impractical and risky as this might lead to further the community transmission of the virus.

‘The government should think of opening schools soon and ask the students to come to schools by rotation maintaining the health guidelines,’ said Anisur Rahman, president of Bangladesh Primary Assistant Teachers’ Society.

Anis, also an assistant teacher at Suritola Model Government Primary School in the capital, said that there would not be alternatives to face-to-face classes in the present situation in Bangladesh where children from needy and uneducated families usually go to the urban government primary schools.

‘They do not have devices such as smartphones or TV sets while their parents do not even bother much about their studies,’ he added.

Since the closure of educational institutions in March 2020, the primary and mass education ministry and education ministry have been taking several plans and experiments for holding classes and examinations online or other alternative ways.

But, several recent government and private studies said that none of those efforts effectively engaged students in studies.

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