School closure extended until October 31
October 1st, 2020 at 3:59 pm
School closure extended until October 31

by Our Correspondent in Dhaka;

The authorities have extended the closure of all educational institutions for one more month due to the global pandemic of novel virus that killed more than 5,200 people in Bangladesh, according to officials.

The Ministry of Education in a release on Thursday said the closure will continue until October 31. The decision came a day after Education Minister Dipu Moni told re[porters that the situation was not yet favourable for reopening of the schools.

The government initially imposed the closure from March 17 and which was gradually extended up to October 3 to keep the students safe from the novel coronavirus. Many public exams were suspended because of a nationwide lockdown and closure of the schools.

The government is not planning to hold the Higher Secondary Certificate exam, which was scheduled to begin in April. A decision many come next week to this end.

The minister said mechanism for holding annual exams for class-VI, VII and others at schools will be declared soon.

The government introduced classes through state-run television (Bangladesh Television Sangsad Channel) for the students in primary (I-VIII) and secondary levels (IX-X), and online sessions for the university students. The students of the higher secondary level may be included in the online courses soon.

Bangladesh, which reported the first three cases of novel coronavirus on March 8, has now 363,479 infections with 5,251 deaths. The government said 275,487 patients recovered so far.