Closing Edu. insts. not considering: Education Minister...

Closing Edu. insts. not considering: Education Minister

 Staff Correspondent

 Published: 06:14 PM, 18 January 2022  

Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni; File Photo

Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni; File Photo

Although the COVID cases in the country have increased, the educational institutions are still not considering closing, said Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni.

She told reporters after the fourth session at the Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Tuesday, the first day of the Deputy Commissioners (DCs) conference.

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md. Zakir Hossain, Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan and secretaries of the two ministries were present at the time.

Responding to a question, the Education Minister said the ministry is not thinking of closing down educational institutions yet. The COVID infection has spread everywhere, as a result, “the students will be infected even if they are at home”.  

Some students have been infected with Covid-19 at university residences. They were sent home with treatment or to an isolation center, she also said. “So far so good, we’re observing.” 

“We have met with the technical advisory committee before. We will likely sit again in the next couple of days,” Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni informed.

Asked about the rate of infection when educational institutions will be closed, the Education Minister said we are not getting the “community rate” that way.

“Now many people think — Omicron doesn’t matter, there is no risk of death, so there is no need to follow hygiene rules. In our country, the number of patients with the Delta variant is much higher than that of Omicron. There is a risk of death. So we have to follow the hygiene rules.”

Regarding the alternative arrangement of classrooms, the Education Minister said, “We have specifically asked all the educational institutions. Now our effort is to keep life as normal as possible and we will deal with it. If it is seen that the infection is spreading in the educational institutions, we are not able to continue the classes, then we have to go online. Now we are running online or assignments due to less attendance. Many people are ill at home, so if someone becomes ill - then they should not fall behind. We are also continuing an alternative method.”

Dipu Moni said we will give assignments where it is not possible for virtual yet. Even though some of our capacity has increased in the last six months, we are still not able to reach 100%.

Regarding vaccination of children below 12 years of age, the Education Minister said the vaccination for children below 12 years of age has not yet been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). If so, we will think about it.