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Guidelines issued for primary schools reopening Sunday amid heatwave

  • School hours will be limited to cooler morning hours
  • Pre-primary level classes will remain closed until further notice
  • Assemblies will be suspended to avoid prolonged exposure to heat
Update : 27 Apr 2024, 02:01 PM

As the country grapples with an intense heatwave, the government has announced the reopening of primary school academic activities starting Sunday, April 28.

The Primary and Mass Education Ministry, through a notification signed by Senior Information Officer Mahbubur Rahman Tuhin, outlined the operational adjustments to accommodate the sweltering conditions.

School hours will be limited to the cooler morning hours, from 8am to 11:30am. For schools operating in two shifts, the first shift will run from 8am to 9:30am and the second from 9:45am to 11:30am.

Despite these changes, pre-primary level classes will remain closed until further notice, and daily school assemblies will be suspended to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat.

The decision follows a similar action taken for secondary level schools and colleges, which are set to reopen on the same day, April 28.

The resumption comes after an extended closure initially planned until April 27 due to the prolonged hot weather following the Eid holidays. Outdoor activities and those requiring sun exposure at these institutions will continue to be limited.

To make up for educational disruptions caused by the heatwave and other interruptions, classes will also be conducted on Saturdays until further notice, according to the ministry's notification.

The Bangladesh Meteorological Department has forecasted that the current heatwave conditions, which recorded a high of 42.7°C in Chuadanga on Friday, may persist for another 72 hours starting Thursday morning. The government's proactive measures aim to balance educational needs with health and safety concerns during this challenging climate period.

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