Education Minister Dipu Moni on Monday announced that all the educational institutions of the country will remain shut until March 31, aiming to prevent spread of deadly coronavirus.
“Amid the growing concern over coronavirus, the government has taken the decision. From now, academic activities from primary to higher level will remain suspended until March 31,” she said while talking to reporters at the Secretariat.
The coaching centers will also remain closed, she said adding “It will be adjusted with the summer and Ramadan vacation if needed.”
Replying to a question of any decision about the upcoming Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and its equivalent examinations, the Education Minister said, “Decision in this regard will be taken later.”
She also urged the students to stay at their respective homes during the period and refrain from going outside.
Responding to a question about the closure of the universities and dormitories, Dipu Moni said “The university authorities concerned will take decision in this regard. Besides, all government and private schools, colleges and dormitories of madrasah will remain closed during this period.”
The death toll from coronavirus or COVID-19 reached 6,518 globally as of Monday.
It has so far infected 169,719 people around the world, according to worldometer.
COVID-19 is affecting 157 countries and territories around the world and one international conveyance (the Diamond Princess cruise ship harboured in Yokohama, Japan).
The World Health Organization on March 11 declared the coronavirus crisis a pandemic but added that it’s not too late for countries to act.
Bangladesh has so far reported eight cases.Four of these patients had come from coronavirus infected countries in Europe. On Sunday, the government announced that the first three patients had been discharged.