The government has no intentions as of yet to close down educational institutions due to the rising rate of Covid-19 infection.
Education Minister Dipu Moni made the comment while talking to reporters at the Bangladesh Public Administration Training Center (PATC) in Savar on Sunday. Earlier, Dipu Moni inaugurated the training program at PATC.
"Our vaccination campaign is on-going in full swing. If the educational institutions are closed, there is a risk that the vaccination campaign will lose momentum. We are closely monitoring the situation. The health department is also keeping an eye on this matter. There is a technical advisory committee on Covid, and I am in regular contact with it,” said the minister.
Regarding the vaccination of students, the Education Minister said, "Students in all educational institutions, including government and non-government institutions, will be vaccinated as soon as they are present with their student ID."
She added that no information has been received regarding any reports of infection in any of the educational institutions.
Dipu Moni said, “So far I am not thinking of closing down the educational institution. Keeping life as normal as possible, we have to deal with poor hygiene and follow health protocols.”
When asked whether universities would be open or closed, she said that it is the decision of the university. We would like to urge all to follow normal hygiene rules and live a regular life.
Regarding the irregularities in the distribution of books, the education minister said that free books are delivered to all educational institutions on the basis of demand. Action will be taken if any specific allegation of irregularity is found in the distribution of books.