After remaining closed for close to 18 months, the schools in Bangladesh will be opening from September 12. The decision was taken on Sunday in the inter-ministerial meeting at the Cabinet division in Dhaka. Speaking to the media, Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni said that students of class 1-4 and 6-9 will attend classes once a week initially. Students appearing for SSC and HSC examinations will attend classes on a daily basis. All the classes in face to face mode will begin in due course. However, everyone will be required to wear face masks and follow health guidelines. In case, COVID situation deteriorates, the decision may be changed.
The Minister said that the decision about the reopening of universities will be taken after holding a meeting with authorities. They may open in October depending upon the vaccination status of students.
Currently, the educational institutions are closed till Sept. 11. All the educational institutions in Bangladesh have remained closed since March 17 last year after the outbreak of COVID 19 pandemic in the country.
Meanwhile, the COVID situation in Bangladesh continued to show improvement with the sample positivity rate remaining below 10 percent for the second consecutive day on Sunday. According to the latest figures released by the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS), Bangladesh recorded 70 deaths and 2430 new cases of Coronavirus on Sunday. The number of active cases further declined to 36,830 with recovery rate remaining at 95.81 percent.