Shutdown of schools was to end on Aug 31, before authorities extended it to Sept 11
An inter-ministerial meeting will be held on Sunday to take a decision on reopening educational institutions.
“We might receive an opinion from the National Technical Advisory Committee over the matter tomorrow (Thursday) and on Sunday and then the ministry will hold a meeting to come to a decision,” MA Khair, public relations officer of the Education Ministry, told UNB.
Earlier, on Aug 26, the government extended the closure of secondary and higher secondary level educational institutions until September 11.
The government shut the educational institutions on March 17, 2020, after the country reported its first Covid-19 cases on March 8 and later the closure was extended several times.
Preparations for reopening
On Aug 24, State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Zakir Hossain said schools, which remained closed since March last year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will be reopened after receiving directives from the highest level of the government.
“We can’t reopen the schools suddenly. We have taken all-out preparations, and if the Prime Minister orders us today we’re ready to reopen the schools tomorrow,” he told reporters.
Zakir said experts favour reopening schools as the students are out of classes for the past one and half years.
Besides, the education authorities on the same day issued some guidelines as part of preparations to reopen the educational institutions.