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Educational institutions to remain shut until Oct 3

Educational institutions to remain shut until Oct 3

The government has extended closure of all educational institutions till Oct 3, as a preventive measure against further spread of coronavirus, according to a press release of Education Ministry. However, the academic activities in all the Qawmi madrassahs across the country will remain out of the purview of the fresh order of closure.

On Mar 16, the government closed all the educational institutions of the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Later, on Jul 29, the government extended the closure until Aug 31.

Amid the pandemic, the government is running a distance-learning programme through Sangsad Television. Apart from this, classes are being taken online for primary and secondary-level students.

Many private universities have already started online classes as the UGC on Mar 24 urged teachers to take online classes so that academic activities are not disrupted.

Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam on Monday said time has not come yet to reopen the educational institutions of the country. "I don’t think time has come to reopen schools and colleges," he said responding to a question while briefing reporters about the outcome of the weekly cabinet meeting.

Besides, there will be no Primary Education Completion (PEC) and its equivalent Ebtedayee examination for 2020 and the students will be promoted to the next class through class assessment instead. The PEC and Ebtedayee examinations were scheduled to begin on Nov 17 with around 30 lakh students preparing to appear in the exams.

Bangladesh recorded 35 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours until Wednesday morning, pushing the official death tally up to 3,035, according to DGHS press release.