Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said colleges and universities in the country will reopen once the ongoing vaccination drive for the students is complete.
On the other hand, primary and high schools will be allowed to reopen when the Covid-19 situation comes under control, she said on Tuesday while participating in a general budget discussion in parliament.
Noting that there is an age limit for vaccination as directed by the World Health Organization (WHO), Sheikh Hasina said: We will ensure that everyone from school to higher education receives vaccines. We will take necessary actions to reopen the educational institutions as soon as possible.
She said the government attaches utmost importance to education, and added that the current budget has given importance to overall human resource development including education and skills development.
Referring to the continuation of educational activities during the pandemic, she said: “We have taken steps to ensure the continuity of the curriculum from the very beginning of the pandemic. Distant learning programs like My Home Is My School, Learning from Home are still being aired through Sangsad Television.
“Educational activities continued through Bangladesh Betar, community radio, and online. The initiative has made it possible to keep about 40 million students involved in educational activities for the past year.”
Meanwhile, the government on Tuesday again extended the ongoing closure of all the educational institutions of Bangladesh until July 31 as the coronavirus situation keeps worsening in the country.
On March 16 last year, the government had closed all the educational institutions to prevent the spread of coronavirus. No classes have been held since then.
Then the closure was extended several times, most recently until June 30 this year.
On May 26, the government decided to reopen the educational institutions, particularly primary, secondary and higher secondary ones, across the country on June 13, depending on the Covid situation.