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DSHE asks edn institutions to prepare for reopening

Published : 23 Jan 2021 10:01 PM | Updated : 24 Jan 2021 12:57 AM

The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) on Saturday published a guideline asking all secondary schools and colleges to complete preparations for reopening in compliance with the hygiene rules.

The DSHE instructed the heads of the educational institutions to put in place necessary measures by February 4 for reopening, ensuring health safety of all students in line with the guideline provided to them, according to a notice signed by DSHE Director General Prof Syed Md Golam Faruk. 

The directive came a day after the education ministry and the primary and mass education ministry discussed resumption of classes at schools on a limited scale.

The issue of health protection of students has been given utmost importance in the guidelines for opening educational institutions. 

According to the guideline, it has been asked to place benches at a distance of three feet in the classroom. 

To conduct classes, only one student will be sit in a bench of less than five feet and two students in a bench of five to seven feet in length, the notice said.

It has also been suggested to check the temperature of students with a thermometer before entering the school.

The country’s educational institutions have remained shut since March 17 due to the pandemic. The closure was extended till January 30.

At a press conference on December 29 last year, Education Minister Dipu Moni said they are planning to bring class-10 and class-12 students back to schools and colleges. The students will sit for next year’s SSC and HSC exams.

Classes for SSC candidates will be held from February to April and for HSC students from February to May. She said the government was planning to hold the SSC exams in June and the HSC exams in July or August if the Covid-19 situation in the country does not deteriorate.

Usually, the SSC exams start on February 1 and the HSC exams on April 1 every year. This year's exams will be held based on curtailed syllabuses.