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12:00 AM, January 22, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 03:33 AM, January 22, 2021

Preparations on to reopen schools on a limited scale

Say officials

The government has opened a discussion on resumption of the classes at schools on a limited scale from next month.

It is considering to take this year's Secondary School Certificate and Higher Secondary Certificate examinees to classrooms first, said a top official who attended a virtual meeting of high officials of the education and primary and mass education ministries yesterday.

"Implementation of these plans depends on approval from government high ups, the pandemic situation and directives of the National Technical Advisory Committee on Covid-19," said the official.

Education Minister Dipu Moni, Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury, State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Zakir Hossen and top officials of the two ministries joined the meeting in the evening to discuss the plan on reopening schools and the pandemic situation.

The country's educational institutions remain shut since March 17 due to the pandemic. The closure has been extended till January 30.

Speaking at a press conference on December 29, Dipu Moni said they are planning to bring the class-10 and class-12 students back to schools and colleges. The students will take next year's SSC and HSC exams.

Classes for SSC candidates will be held from February to April and for HSC students from February to May.

She said the government was planning to hold the SSC exams in June and the HSC exams in July or August, given that the pandemic situation doesn't deteriorate. Usually, the SSC exams start on February 1 and the HSC on April 1 every year.

The exams will be held on reduced syllabuses.

A top National Curriculum and Textbook Board official yesterday said they have completed the work on reducing the syllabuses and submitted those to the education ministry.

"We cannot tell what percentage of the syllabus has been reduced. We have cut the syllabus keeping in mind the issue of ensuring minimum basic competence of students for continuation of education in their next classes," NCTB Chairman Prof Narayan Chandra Saha said.

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