Persistent heavy rain has brought chaos and inconsistency to the education system in Dhaka, with several schools suspending classes and exams while others opted to remain open despite the inclement conditions.
The situation was exacerbated by school vans and personal vehicles transporting students becoming mired for hours in traffic jams.
Mizanur Rahman, a senior teacher of Rampura Ekramunnesa High School, told the Dhaka Tribune that rainwater had been flooding into his playground and classrooms.
“Students have not been able to attend classes due to heavy rainfall. School hours have been cut short and students have been allowed to leave early,” Mizanur added.
Authorities from Viqarunnisa Noon School and College decided to suspend all their academic activities at the Baily Road, Azimpur, Dhanmondi, and Bashundhara branches on Wednesday due to heavy rainfall.
Principal Nazneen Ferdous said: “We could not inform all of the morning shift students as attendance was low. They will receive a text message on their phones. The notice has already been published on the board.”
A similar situation took place in old Dhaka, where many areas were flooded.
However, the headmaster of Dholaipar High School said classes there were continuing despite the water level rising to “waist-high” in the school field.
“Even though classes have not been suspended due to low attendance, they were not taken in earnest. The students hope classes will be postponed,” Alauddin Rahman said.