Thusands of primary schools closed for flood in 20 districts

Thusands of primary schools closed for flood in 20 districts

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Over 2,300 government primary and secondary schools in 20 districts have been closed in the ongoing flood, hampering educational activities of thousands of students.Of these educational institutions, there are 1300 government primary school and 932 secondary schools in Kurigram, Rangpur, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Bogra, Sirajganj, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Tangail, Madaripur, Shariatpur, Faridpur, Rajbari, Manikganj, Munshiganj, Sunamganj and Sherpur, Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) and Directorate of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (DSHE) sources said.
Of the closed secondary schools, 228 in Jamalpur, 160 in Sirajganj, 147 in Tangail, 100 in Kurigrama and 90 in Manikganj.
The sources said at least Tk 25 crore has been damaged for the submersion of these educational institutions.
Concerned sources said the number of damaged schools will rise everyday until the flood water recede completely.
These schools have mostly been damaged in the northern districts of the country since the beginning of the flood almost a month ago.
The prolonged flood has rendered thousands of families homeless and the schools have not been spared from damages.
Still the flood water has not been totally receded, resulting in no classes for the students who are passing idle times when their Primary Examination Completion (PEC) and Junior School Certificate (JSC) examinations are drawing nearer after two months.
Naturally these flood affected children are being deprived of attending classes which will ultimately hit their examinations.
DPE sources said a team has been formed in this regard to monitor the condition of the schools and they would start repairing the damaged schools as soon as the water will recede.
Dr Md Nurul Amin Chowdhury, assistant director of planning and development division of the DPE and also the leader of the monitoring team told The Independent that they have already sanctioned about Tk 25 crore for the repair of the primary schools.
“Everyday we’re getting information of the damaged schools by the flood. We could not still estimate the total damage of the primary schools as the flood water did not recede,” he added.
“We are ready. As soon as flood water will recede, we will take necessary steps for the schools so that students can come back to classes to compensate their classes,” he said.
Besides, the education ministry has directed to the executive engineers of department of education engineering to determine the loss of the educational institutions in the flood.
Ministry of primary and mass education sources said additional classes would be taken to recover the studies of the student along with repairing of the schools.
Deputy director of DSHE Mostafa Kamal said, “Everyday new areas are being inundated as the water is flowing downstream and affecting new educational institutions, resulting in the suspension of classes. It is difficult to determine the total loss right now but we are trying to ascertain the loss of the institutions.” – Staff Reporter

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