Most city schools now remain open on Fridays and Saturdays to make up the losses caused by the strikes called by the opposition parties in the recent months.
School teachers said that they have decided to remain open schools to avoid difficulties to complete the syllabus for the examinations.
Visiting some city schools yesterday, it was found that a good number of students attended classes even if it was on Fridays.
Guardians, however, expressed their dissatisfaction about confrontational politics saying that taking their children to schools on weekends put them at difficulties.
“I work for a private bank. The bank remains open on hartal days. I get off day only on Friday. It is very disturbing when I need to take my child to school on Friday,” Shah Alam, a guardian whose child goes to Maple Leaf International School.
Principal of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, Manju Ara Begum said that they have decided that the schools would remain open on Saturdays to make up losses caused by strikes. The school normally remains close on Friday and Saturday.
“If we do not take classes on Saturdays, it will be difficult to complete syllabus on time,” she said.
Abu Reza Nurul Haque, a teacher of Maple Leaf International School said that the school remained open yesterday.
Teachers of English medium schools said that most schools remained open on the weekends. Farhad Hossain, the principal of Monipur High School said that they had cut their summer vacation to make up losses caused by the strike.
Some private universities also remained open yesterday to make up losses caused by the strikes.
Teachers said that the education system has seriously affected by the recent strikes. Many schools could not complete their syllabus for the midterm examinations. They said that in many schools, students have to take examinations without completing syllabus.
At the latest Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami observed a nationwide dawn-to-dusk shutdown last Tuesday protesting against the arrest of its leader AKM Yusuf in a war crimes case. There were several strikes in the last couple of months.
This year, the SSC, HSC, O level and A level examinations were severally affected by the strikes called by the oppositions. The authorities had to postpone several examinations due to strikes while the O level and A level examinees had to take the examinations at midnight due to strikes.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid several times urged the political parties not to call strike during examinations.