When asked about the government's plan on the educational institutions in the wake of surge in covid cases, Dipu Moni said, “Today (Saturday) we have held a discussion among ourselves at the ministry.”

“A meeting is scheduled to be held with the Covid-19 national technical advisory committee tomorrow (Sunday) and the decision will be taken after reviewing the overall situation,” she added.

An education ministry official said the meeting is scheduled to be held virtually on Sunday night.

Dipu Moni further said, “We thought Covid infection will increase by March. But it has started rising early January. So, the plan that we had will have to be adjusted.”

“But we don’t want to close the educational institutions. Rather we want every student receives Covid-19 vaccine and comes to the institution. And that has been arranged too. There may be a little trouble for students below 12 and we also will take a decision on it,” she added.

Asked on the arrangement in meeting the learning loss, the education minister said every student faces a loss over one and a half years. Arrangement is being taken to fill up the gap. And the best way to make up the loss is to teach more students at classroom.

If people continue to defy the health rules and if it increases the coronavirus infection, education will face the biggest loss, Dipu Moni said adding everyone must follow health rules for the sake of the children’s future and all must stay alert and aware because coronavirus infection is on the rise again.

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