Schools, colleges to remain open till 26 April

Students apply hand sanitiser while attending a class at the Viqarunnisa Noon School & College after the government has withdrawn restrictions on educational institutions following a decrease in the number of cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Dhaka, Bangladesh, 12 September 2021.

All schools and colleges will remain open in the month of Ramadan. Classes will continue up to 26 April.

The education ministry has come up with this decision issuing an order on Monday.

The order asked the educational institutions to continue the classes until 26 April to overcome the losses induced by the coronavirus pandemic.

It also urged the universities to adopt necessary steps over the matter through the academic council and syndicate meeting.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, educational institutions in the country remained closed for around two years. After a 17-month closure, students in Bangladesh had briefly returned to their classrooms on 12 September last year.

Again, on 21 January, the government announced that all schools and colleges in Bangladesh would remain closed from 21 January to 6 February amid a renewed surge in Covid-19 cases largely due to the new Omicron variant.

The shutdown was extended till 20 February for the safety of the students as the virus continued to spread.

After a month-long shutdown, all secondary, higher secondary and university-level institutions in Bangladesh reopened on 22 February for physical classes.

However, primary schools in Bangladesh reopened for limited-scale in-person classes on 2 March.