About the possible closure of educational institutions amid the Covid surge, Dipu Moni said, "Educational institutions won't be closed now as we'll strengthen monitoring there to enforce health protocols."

Dipu Moni said in-person classes in educational institutions will continue on a limited scale. "We'll monitor the situation for a week and then we'll sit in a meeting with the national technical advisory committee on Covid-19."

The minister said various issues were reviewed at the meeting with NTAC on Sunday. "We'll keep students safe as long as they're there in the educational institutions."

"Besides," she added, "We'll have to recover the learning losses caused by the long closure of educational institutions."

The universities will also be monitored strictly this time whether they are ensuring hygiene rules, said the minister. However, hygiene rules are not properly maintained in qawmi madrasas as there is no monitoring.

"Since the qawmi madrasas are not under our control, we'll take action through local administrations," the minister added.

On 6 January, cabinet secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam said the students, aged above 12 or above, must receive at least one dose of Covid-19 vaccine to attend schools and colleges.

After a long closure due to the pandemic, the students of schools and colleges in Bangladesh returned to their classrooms on 12 September last year.

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