May 17, 2022, 3:40 am
Corona will not hesitate to decide to close the educational institution if the situation deteriorates, said the Minister of Education. Dipu Moni. He was responding to a question from reporters after inaugurating the Bangabandhu-Bapu Digital Exhibition at Shilpakala Academy in Dhaka on Saturday. Besides, SSC exams will be held in mid-November and HSC exams in early December, he said.
Dipu Moni said, “I have said before that if I think there is a risk of spreading the infection, I will close the educational institution if necessary.” I will not hesitate. Nowhere has such a situation happened so far. But if it happens somewhere, we will definitely take action.
The Education Minister further said that in various important places, especially on social media, I see people often writing to me that so many students are affected in this school, so many people are affected in that school. We are searching everywhere instantly. But the hope is that students are writing on social media, attacked here, attacked there. We haven’t found anything of any kind anywhere so far.
He said action was being taken as soon as information of the infection was received, adding that although the infection rate had come down to less than 5 per cent, it was still rampant worldwide. Someone may get sick. Can be sick at home, can be sick on the way. They can even infect educational institutions, so that it does not happen. As soon as we receive a complaint or any information in each case, we are taking necessary action there through liaison with the local administration, civil surgeon’s office, everyone and in collaboration with the health department.
Dipu Moni said that the situation is affecting the teachers and students of different districts. Some of our educational institutions so far are primary schools, there are rumors of infection in some schools. They are from the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, they are looking into them and taking necessary action.
Regarding the death of a secondary student in Manikganj with corona symptoms, he said, “That student came to school only once on September 15. About 7 days later, his corona symptoms were reported and he died. We spoke to the Civil Surgeon and he said that the student came to the school one day. He did not have any symptoms then.
Regarding pre-primary, the minister said he did not want to bring pre-primary children to school at the moment. Asked if they would be brought in one day a week, he said, ‘No, not at all. Not at the moment. Let them stay home now. We will decide again. After three weeks, I will decide again what can be done. ‘