Experts concerned about the closure of educational institutions
Academicians and health experts have insisted on raising awareness among parents so that their children are protected from Covid-19 even at home following the announcement of the closure of educational establishments across the country.
On Friday, public health expert Dr MH Chowdhury (Lenin) urged the government to launch awareness campaigns to educate parents on how to keep their children safe.
Earlier today, the government announced the closure of all educational establishments for two weeks in light of the surge in Covid cases.
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Criticizing the move, educator Rasheda K Chowdhury said the government was not heeding Unesco’s call urging authorities around the world to close educational institutions last and reopen first.
She blamed non-compliance with hygiene rules on the sudden spike in Covid cases in the country. The educator advised the government to gradually reopen educational institutions after two weeks.
Meanwhile, authorities of educational institutions and parents have also expressed concern over the closure of educational institutions.
Speaking to Dhaka Tribune, they said such a move would have a negative impact on the education sector as educational institutions have also remained closed for the past two years.
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Jahanara Hossain, mother of a schoolboy, welcomed the government’s decision but said schools should not remain closed for long as it affects students in many ways.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said on Friday that the government had decided to maintain the closure of educational institutions for two weeks in view of the recent increase in infections among children. She added that schools and colleges would be reopened once the situation improved.
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