School, college reopen 30 March

The government has decided to reopen all the primary and secondary educational institutions from 30 March after reviewing the overall coronavirus situation.

The decision came at an inter-ministerial meeting held in the cabinet room of the Cabinet Division at the Secretariat on Saturday evening.

Education Minister Dipu Moni declared the decision at a press briefing after the meeting.

The education minister presided over the meeting, attended by Agriculture Minister Abdur Razzaque, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal and the State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Zakir Hossain.

Earlier, considering the overall situation, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina instructed the cabinet meeting on February 22 to take a decision on whether the educational institution can be reopened.

All the educational institutions are closed since 17 March last year to curb spreading of deadly coronavirus. The shutdown was extended in phases until 28 February.

The government and educational institutions tried to offer classes through internet, television channels or radio stations during the shutdown, but the efforts did not fully succeed.

The authorities are preparing to reopen the educational institutions as the spreading of coronavirus has decreased and vaccination started all over the country.

Earlier, a decision was taken to start classes at all the public and private universities from 24 May, and halls of the universities will reopen on 17 May.