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Abide by health protocols strictly at educational institutions: Minister

Published : 22 Feb 2022 09:35 PM

Urging all to abide by health guidelines at educational institutions, Education Minister Dipu Moni  has said they do not want to shut those again due to Covid surge.

“We have resumed classes after a long time and we do not want to shut educational institutions again,” said Dipu while talking to reporters after inaugurating the piloting activities of New National Curricula of 2023 virtually from National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) auditorium on Tuesday.

She urged guardians, teachers and students to be aware of health protocols and maintain those properly.

Talking about the new curricula, the students will learn lessons by themselves and they will grow as  skilled, eligible and good human being , she said adding, “Our motive is to achieve our national goals and build a peaceful and prosperous country.”

The guardians and the teachers have been requested to identify the problems of the curricula so that those can be fixed, said Dipu.

Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, who was also present at the promramme, urged all concerned to perform their duties sincerely and implement the new curricula.

“The teachers will identify the problems and weaknesses of the curricula so that students get  modern and standard curricula,” he said.

After a month-long closure, all secondary, higher secondary and university-level institutions in Bangladesh reopened on Tuesday for physical classes with strict Covid-safety protocols in place.

The decision to reopen the academic institutions was taken in view of the declining Covid cases across Bangladesh.

However, primary schools in Bangladesh will reopen for in-person classes on March 1, according to the Ministry of Education.

Students aged 12 and above who have been vaccinated with the second dose of a Covid vaccine will be able to physically attend the classes, while those who have got the first dose will attend online classes, Education Minister Dipu Moni had earlier said.

On January 21, the government announced that all schools and colleges in Bangladesh would remain closed from January 21 to February 6 amid a renewed surge in Covid-19 cases largely due to the new Omicron variant.

The shutdown was extended till February 20 for the safety of the students as the virus continued to spread.