The restrictions on movement during general holidays, imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus, are being eased gradually but educational institutions are yet to be opened.
Friendship NGO is promoting distance learning in this situation.
Friendship Executive Director Runa Khan says that under no circumstances education should come to a standstill. She said: “We need to find ways to keep education going strong.”
So, while Friendship continues to operate its hospitals, and works to tackle the health and economic impacts of the pandemic, its teachers are playing an equally important role. They are following up individually with students over phone, and where necessary, setting up small group studies while maintaining social distance outdoors.
Recently, Sangsad TV started airing Friendship Education videos for students all over the country. It has been chosen by the ICT Ministry and has been linked with the Ministry of ICT’s online platform Kishore Batayon (http://konnect.edu.bd/my-school).
The NGO has also launched a dedicated YouTube channel (www.youtube.com/friendshipeducation) which contains recorded lessons that they have made for their secondary schools over the last six years.
So far, 150 lessons have been uploaded and in the coming months, approximately 2,000 lessons covering grade VI to grade X will be uploaded in this channel. This might help more than 10 million secondary students all over the country, the NGO said.
All colleges under the National University (NU) have been asked to launch online classes as educational institutions remain shut to tackle the spread of coronavirus.
NU Vice-Chancellor Prof Harun-Or-Rashid also provided some instruction to the teachers, students and other concerned of 2,260 colleges and educational institutions under it to continue the academic activities amid the general holiday, said a press release.
The Education Ministry urged all colleges under National University to launch online classes, it said.
On April 30, a meeting was held between University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Education Ministry over the issue. Education Minister Dipu Moni was present at the meeting.
As academic activities at all levels have come to a halt following the closure of educational institutions amid the coronavirus outbreak, the government has taken steps to help students continue their education remotely through television channels and online media.
In its efforts to contain coronavirus pandemic, the government has extended holidays several times .
On April 27, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said educational institutions in the country will remain closed till September next if the situation does not improve.
The Dhaka University (DU) authorities has decided not to allow any illegal students to stay at the dormitories after the reopening of the university.
The decision was taken at a meeting of the provost committee, organised to discuss the health risk of students in the post-coronavirus days and overall atmosphere of the dormitories, said a DU press release issued Wednesday.
"Only the legal students will be allowed to stay at the residential halls as per the rules of university. Those who do not have studentship cannot stay at the halls," the university said.
Five decisions were taken to reduce health risk of students, including barring non-students from the dormitories, improve the residential, educational and overall atmosphere of the halls, resolve the room crisis, and renovate the dorms.
DU Bijoy Ekattor Hall Provost Prof Dr Abdul Bashir told UNB that the authorities decided not to allow any illegal students at any dorms or anyone to stay on the floors of any of the rooms after the reopening of the University.
Chaired by DU Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Md Akhtaruzzaman, Pro Vice-Chancellor (education) Prof Dr Nasreen Ahmad, Pro Vice-Chancellor (administration) Prof Dr Muhammad Samad, Treasurer Prof Dr Md Kamal Uddin and provosts of all the halls attended the meeting held Tuesday.
A number of students continue to stay at the halls illegally for years after their MA exams. Students of university have long been demanding an end to the accommodation crisis at the residential halls
All educational institutions will remain shut until May 5 in line with the government’s announcement of general holidays, aiming to prevent spread of coronavirus.
"All the educational institutions will remain closed until May 5 considering the situation," said Mohammad Abul Khayer, public relations officer of the Education Ministry on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, the government extended general holidays until May 5, aiming to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Seven more people died from coronavirus in Bangladesh in the last 24 hours till Thursday, taking the death toll in the country to 127.
Besides, 414 more people tested positive for coronavirus during the period, raising the number of such cases in the country to 4186.
The authorities of Islamic University in Kushtia shut the campus for an indefinite period due to the coronavirus outbreak.
A press release, signed by IU Acting Registrar SM Abdul Latif, was issued in this regard on Monday morning.
Academic activities and residential halls of the university would remain closed until further notice, it said, adding that the next press release would be issued three days before reopening the campus.
The university authorities also extended the vacation for administrative activities till April 25.
Emergency medical and other services would remain available during the vacation, the press release added.