The Ministry of Education wants to take final preparations to reopen the educational institutions from next June, which have been closed for more than a year due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The ministry has sent a letter to the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) seeking information on the steps taken so far to deal with the pandemic.
The information was sought in a letter signed by Mohammad Ismat Ullah, senior assistant secretary in the Secondary and Higher Education Department of the Education Ministry, on Tuesday.
It has been mentioned in the letter that the latest progress report of all the activities of the educational institutions to curb Coronavirus has been sent to the Ministry of Education. It is requested to send this information to the coordination branch of the concerned department in the mail scheduled by the ministry by next Tuesday.
DSHE officials mentioned, emphasis was laid on online education during the Covid-19 period. Therefore, they have decided to send a letter to find out the problems faced by the teachers in conducting these activities.
Meanwhile, the students have rejected the decision to extend the leave of the educational institutions until May 29. They have called for a nationwide human chain protest on May 24 to demand the speedy opening of educational institutions.
It is learnt that the decision was taken in an online meeting with student representatives of various colleges and universities across the country on Monday night.
The students did not go to the school-college premises for more than a year. There is a lot of frustration among the students as there is no clear direction yet when the educational institutions will reopen. They have been involved in online learning, but not everyone is benefiting.
On the other hand, there are complications among university students. They have become increasingly helpless in the life of a prisoner at home outside long-term study activities. Meanwhile, they also think that the result of delay in the student life due to session jam will fall harshly on their career.
Naim, a third year student of Dhaka University, had to leave the university hall on March 17 last year. Since then, he spent a long time at his village home in Barguna.
Along with class-exams, Naim's life and livelihood also came to an end. He said, "Before pandemic, I had four tuitions with which I continued my studies and even contributed to my family. But now, all has come to a standstill."
Kazi Maruful Islam, a professor in the Department of Development Studies at Dhaka University, said, "Corona is a global disaster which has affected the whole world. But everyone is slowly returning to their normal activities. Halls and classrooms should be reopened now. It is already too late for the students."