Bangladesh schools to remain shut until Jan 30 amid pandemic

  • Senior Correspondent,
    Published: 2021-01-15 16:54:51 BdST

Parents gather in front of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar Govt Girls' High School in Dhaka to check lottery results for admission on Jan 12, 2021. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

Bangladesh has extended the shutdown of schools and other educational institutions, except for Kawmi madrasas, to Jan 30 as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.

The education ministry announced the development in a statement on Friday.

The government announced the closure of all schools on Mar 17 following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus. The shutdown period has since been extended on several occasions, most recently until Jan 16.

The rampant epidemic also resulted in the cancellation of the HSC and equivalent exams, originally slated for Apr 1.

The government has also scrapped PEC exams for the fifth graders, and JSC and JDC exams for the eighth graders along with the annual exams for students of Class VI to Class X.