As the number of Covid-19 cases seems within controllable limit, the Bangladesh government has decided to reopen Universities, colleges and secondary schools across the country from February 22.
The education ministry will emphasize the health safety of teachers and students at the institutions during the classes, while students will be able to attend in-person classes at schools and colleges only if they have already been vaccinated.
- Universities, colleges and secondary schools to reopen on February 22
- Two doses of vaccine must for students to attend classes physically
- Decision on opening primary schools after two weeks
Students will only be permitted to attend school for four hours preliminarily. Only one student will sit alone on a bench maintaining at least three feet distance from other attending students.
Regarding the primary students, Education Minister Dipu Moni said that, “the primary students could not be brought under vaccination yet as there was no guideline from the World Health Organization. However, in the meantime, initiatives have been taken to vaccinate students under the age of 12. The matter is being looked into by the Health Ministry. They will also be vaccinated if approved by the World Health Organization.”
Education Minister said, “The infection is rapidly declining. The National Technical Advisory Committee hopes that this fall will continue. So we will wait a few more days. We hope to be able to bring elementary students into the classroom after 10 days or two weeks.
Due to the Covid issue, the government earlier kept all educational institutions closed for more than a year and a half from 18 March 2020 to 11 September 2021.
Bangladesh has had the second-longest school closure in the world due to Covid-19, according to a UNICEF report.