The government yesterday extended closure of all educational institutions and coaching centres till April 9, as a preventive measure against further spread of novel coronavirus.
On March 16, the government decided to keep all educational institutions and coaching centres closed till March 31.
"Educational institutions of all levels -- from pre-primary to higher studies -- will remain closed till April 9. All coaching centres will also remain shut," Education Minister Dipu Moni said in a statement, after holding a meeting with Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury and top officials of the ministry.
"During the closure, students will stay home and abide by health directives issued by the IEDCR," she added.
She also said recorded lecture will be televised for students. Lectures for sixth and tenth graders will be aired starting March 28.
The education ministry oversees 41,906 schools, colleges, madrasas, and universities, which have 1.94 crore students and 5.59 lakh teachers, according to the Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS).
Meanwhile, Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) Director General Md Fasiullah said they have also extended closure of all primary schools, madrasas and kindergartens till April 9. He urged guardians to make sure children stay home.
According to BANBEIS, DPE oversees over 1 lakh primary schools, madrasas, and kindergartens, which have over 1.74 crore students and 4.26 lakh teachers.
The government took the decision after another coronavirus patient died in the country and six more new cases were confirmed. With this, the number of deaths from Covid-19 stands at four and infected at 39 in the country. The first case was confirmed on March 8.
On March 22, the government postponed HSC and its equivalent examinations scheduled for April 1 for indefinite period.
Education Ministry Senior Information Officer Abul Khair said the next date for the exams will be announced on the first week of April.
Over a million students are expected to sit for HSC and equivalent exams, supposed to be held at over 9,000 educational institutions under 10 education boards -- eight general, one madrasa and a technical education board.