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Decision on reopening of schools, colleges soon: Dipu Moni

| Updated: September 30, 2020 09:29:41

Decision on reopening of schools, colleges soon: Dipu Moni

The government will formally announce the decision about reopening of schools and colleges, and holding examinations amid the coronavirus outbreak ‘very soon’.

Education Minister Dipu Moni came up with the statement while talking to the reporters after a programme at International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka on Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com.

She said she will take questions from the journalists at a news conference scheduled for Wednesday.

Dipu Moni has called the news conference to brief the public about the "overall situation" amid concerns of students and parents over the coronavirus outbreak.

She is expected to talk about whether to extend the shutdown of institutions beyond Oct 3 and when to hold the postponed HSC examinations.

The educational institutions have been shut since March 17 when the government confirmed the first cases of COVID-19.

With the end of the year nearing, students and parents are worried how the promotions to the next classes will take place and what will happen to the lost lessons.

The Ministry of Education has allowed the British Council to hold O and A Level examinations in October and November respectively and laid down four conditions for the test organisers amid the epidemic.

The government has scrapped PEC examinations for the fifth graders, and JSC and JDC examinations for the eighth graders, but HSC examinations for the grade-12 students are crucial because the results determine their university admission.

The fifth and eighth graders will be promoted to the next classes through evaluations at their institutions.

The primary and mass education ministry has also made plans for the reopening of the schools by following the health rules.

It favours a quick reopening of the institutions considering the negative impact the shutdown has had on the students' learning abilities.

It also fears a rise in the drop-out rate among students from the marginal groups if the shutdown lengthens.

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