Schools will be closed if infections surge
"If Covid cases surge, the government will shut down educational institutions without any hesitation."
Education Minister Dipu Moni has said educational institutions will be closed if there is any possibility of Covid cases going up.
"But no such situation has arisen anywhere so far. If any report indicating a rise in the cases comes, we will take steps," she told reporters after the inauguration of Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Exhibition at the capital's Shilpakala Academy yesterday.
"We don't want to bring the pre-primary level students to educational institutions now. After three weeks, we will make a decision in this regard," the minister said.
Dipu Moni said the pandemic is not over yet and people must stay careful although the daily infection rate has dropped below 5 percent.
"We'll have to keep eyes on the situation. Anyone can fall sick anywhere -- at home, on the way to schools or even at educational institutions. We're alert so that we can take steps immediately. We'll take measures in consultation with local administrations, civil surgeon offices and health department if we receive any complaint or report," she added.
A class-VII student died of Covid while a class-X student of another school tested positive for the virus, the minister said, adding that all their classmates were tested but no one was found to be Covid positive.
Students of schools and colleges in Bangladesh returned to their classrooms September 11 after a prolonged closure due to the pandemic.
The Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Exhibition was opened for public viewing at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy yesterday.
The exhibition celebrates in a uniquely thematic way the life and legacy of the Fathers of two nations India and Bangladesh -- Mahatma Gandhi and Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Education Minister Dipu Moni, State Minister for Cultural Affairs KM Khalid and Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Vikram Doraiswami, among others, joined the inauguration of the digital exhibition.
The exhibition, hosted by the High Commission of India in association with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs, Bangladesh and Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, will remain open from September 26 to October 11.
After October 11, the exhibition will also be displayed at Chattogram, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Khulna and Kolkata.
The event was specially curated by the two governments to commemorate "Mujib Borsho" and to mark 150 years of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, as well as the golden jubilee of India-Bangladesh bilateral relations.
The exhibition was virtually inaugurated by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on December 16 last year during the India-Bangladesh Virtual Summit.