Covid-19: Educational institutions reopening may be delayed
Publish- March 12, 2021, 08:00 PM
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The government shut all the schools and educational institutions on March 17 last year after the country confirmed its first Covid-19 cases on March 8. File photo
A recent upward trend in daily coronavirus infection rate could force the government to keep educational institutions shut longer than expected.
“If the upward trend continues, the government will reconsider [changing] the reopening date based on our observation and discussions with the national advisory committee,” Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said on Friday replying to a question from journalists.
Bangladesh has recorded over 1,000 new Covid-19 cases each day for the last three days.
The government shut educational institutions on March 17 last year after the country reported its first Covid-19 cases on March 8. The closure was extended several times, most recently until late March this year.
Classes in all primary, secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions were scheduled to resume on March 30. At a recent virtual media briefing, the education minister said that university classes would resume on May 24.
Residential halls were scheduled to be reopened on May 17.