State minister for primary and mass education Zakir Hossain on Saturday said that all government primary schools would remain open until 20th Ramadan.
The decision was made to compensate the learning loss during the closure of educational institutions due to Covid pandemic, he also said.
The state minister made the announcement while speaking at a ceremony marking the founding centenary of Khanjanmara Government Primary School at Roumari upazila in Kurigram, said a press release issued by the ministry.
As children are the future of the country, there is no alternative to ensuring education for all of them, he said.
Students started joining in-person classes at primary schools across the country amid festive mood on March 2 after the closure for more than a month due to Covid spread.
Teachers of different schools in the capital said that some students had already dropped out schools for especially due to poverty.
In-person classes in all educational institutions remained suspended between January 21 and February 21 following a government order.
Before that, the government kept all educational institutions shut for more than one and half a year between March 18, 2020 and September 11, 2021 due to the Covid situation.
At least 3.7 crore children’s education was disrupted by the closure of the schools in Bangladesh during the Covid pandemic, the UNICEF said on January 24.
The long closure of educational institutions has caused enormous learning loss of students, said educationists, adding that a comprehensive and long-term recovery plan was needed to minimise the loss.
In the absence of such a plan, the loss will have a lasting impact on students lacking grade-level basic competencies and basic socialisation, they also said.
-With New Age input