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School shutdown extended to Apr 14

School shutdown extended to Apr 14

The government has extended the shutdown for educational institutions for a third time as it grapples with a coronavirus outbreak in the country. All educational institutions will remain closed until Apr 14, Education Minister Dipu Moni announced on Sunday (Apr 5).

But no decision has been taken regarding the fate of the HSC and equivalent exams, local media reported citing the minister.

It followed the government's decision to extend the nationwide lockdown to Apr 14 amid a recent surge in the number of coronavirus infections.

The ongoing shutdown for schools was initially set to be lifted on Mar 31, but was later extended to Apr 9.

With Apr 10 falling on a weekend, the education ministry will issue an order extending the closure to Apr 13 and merging it the national holiday to mark the Bangla New Year the following day.

All coaching centres will remain shut during this time, according to education ministry officials.

Meanwhile, the state-run Sangsad Bangladesh Television will begin broadcasting pre-recorded lessons for primary school students on Tuesday (Apr 7).

There will also be lessons for pre-primary students, the primary and mass education ministry announced on Sunday after the government extended the shutdown of educational institutions over the coronavirus outbreak to Apr 14.

During the programme ‘Gharey Boshey Shikhi’, lessons will be given on every subject for 20 minutes from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. every day.

The students of grades one to five are expected to do a set of homework after taking the classes and submit it to their teachers once schools reopen. The scores obtained on the homework assignments will be considered a part of their continuous assessment.

The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education has already started airing lessons for secondary level students of classes VI-X.