by Staff Correspondent in Dhaka;
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said measures are being on to reopen soon the schools and colleges, which were shut more than one and a half years ago amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“I have already directed to reopen the educational institutes,” the Prime Minister told parliament on Thursday while speaking on an obituary reference brought in the House at the death of a sitting lawmaker.
Hasibur Rahman Swapan from Sirajganj-6 parliamentary constitution died on Thursday.
Bangladesh has shut the educational institutes in late March last year after the novel coronavirus surfaced in the country. The government has gradually extended the school shutdown to keep the student safe, but with the downward trend in the infection rate, the authorities are figuring out the ways to reopen the schools.
A large portion of teachers were brought under the vaccination campaign and the students will also come under the nationwide inoculation drive to slow the spread of the virus, which killed more than 26,000 people since the pandemic began in March last year.
“Alongside the teachers, their families and other workers in the schools have been brought under the vaccination coverage. We are taking measures to inoculate the students at schools,” she said.
Hasina also called upon the people to follow the health guidelines and keep clean their surroundings to contain the spread of coronavirus and the mosquito-borne disease of Dengue.
Hasina, also the Leader of the House, reassured that there is no problem of vaccines as her government was brining jabs at any cost.
She informed the House that the government has booked 60 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine and money has already been sent to this end.
The Prime Minister also urged the people to wear masks, wash their hands and avoiding mass gatherings amid the pandemic.