Students withdraw blockade after assurance of exam continuation
Publish- February 24, 2021, 09:02 PM
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Update- February 24, 2021, 09:09 PM
Students of seven colleges affiliated with the Dhaka University withdrew their protest progamme shortly after the Education Ministry announced on Wednesday afternoon that their ongoing examinations would continue.
The movement of vehicles in Nilkhet and Science Lab and adjacent areas became normal after the withdrawal of the road blockade by the students after 4 pm.
Amid demonstrations by the students protesting the postponement of their ongoing examinations, the Education Ministry in the afternoon announced that their examinations would continue maintaining the Covid-19 health guidelines.
Education Minister Dipu Moni announced the decision after a virtual meeting with principals of the seven colleges.
Earlier in the morning, the students from the seven colleges blocked the Nilkhet intersection in the capital demanding continuation of their examinations.
The road blockade had created heavy traffic congestion in the area, resulting in immense suffering to commuters, including office-goers.
On Tuesday night, the students also took to the streets after the Dhaka University authorities at a meeting with the principals of the seven colleges decided to postpone all the exams till May 1, citing the Covid-19 pandemic.
The agitating students blocked the road around 9am as declared earlier.
Hundreds of students joined the protests and were chanting various slogans demanding that their examinations be allowed to continue, and asked the authorities concerned to take immediate steps in this regard.
They had threatened to continue their protests until the authorities change their decision.
Earlier, the government decided to reopen the residential halls of all universities on May 17 and resume classes on May 24. The Ministry of Education issued a directive to keep all the examinations postponed till then.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said, "Before reopening, the teachers, students and employees will be vaccinated."
There are 1.30 lakh residential students, 15,000 teachers and 25,000 employees in different public universities of the country.