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Bangladesh to keep schools, colleges shut until May 29 in second COVID wave

  • Staff Correspondent,
    Published: 2021-05-15 23:41:25 BdST

Students began playing with their guardians watching without maintaining physical distancing on the premises of Gabtoli Government Primary School in Dhaka after the authorities called them to receive biscuits under the School Feeding Programme when educational institutions are shut due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo: Asif Mahmud Ove

The government has extended the shutdown of secondary and higher-secondary educational institutions to May 29 as the authorities are closely watching the pandemic situation with a second wave of infections continuing in Bangladesh.

The education ministry announced the decision in a notice on Saturday night following the advice of the National Technical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 after the government decided to extend an ongiong lockdown to curb the outbreak.

The educational institutions have been closed since mid-March 2020 after Bangladesh detected the first cases of the coronavirus. They are holding online classes to minimise the loss in giving lessons to the students. 

The government had planned a reopening of the institutions with in-person classes on May 23 this year, but had to scrap it due to a rapid rise in infections in the second wave of the outbreak.