Current academic year may extend till March: Dipu Moni
The current academic year may be extended to next March to recoup the damage during the coronavirus crisis period, said Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni.
“Plans have been taken to reduce the academic year holidays and increase class hours. However, in this case, the aspect of acquiring knowledge and skills of the student as per the age and class will not be compromised. As much as it is not possible to get to the next class without lessons, it will be given importance,” she said while speaking as the chief guest at an online seminar organized by the Education Reporters Association, Bangladesh (ERAB) on Saturday.
President of the organization Mostaq Ahmed presided over the seminar titled ‘Challenges of Education in Corona and What to Do to Overcome It’.
“We cannot put billions of students and their families lives at risk by opening educational institutions in the coronavirus situation, said the Education Minister,” adding that “educational institutions will be closed for their safety.”
She added that the school-college will be opened when the situation is getting normal. “However, we have taken some plans to compensate for the damage caused by the closure of educational institutions,” Dipu Moni said.
The syllabus is not only prepared for the examination but also what is required for its acquisition in the next class. Examinations are held at the end of the year for continuous evaluation, the Education Minister further said.
There are various types of holidays in the syllabus every year, and plans have been made to cancel those holidays. In order to avoid the crisis, the educational activities will be kept normal by reducing the holidays from the syllabus of the current and next academic year, she added.
Secretary of the Ministry of Secondary and Higher Education Md. Mahbub Hossain, Executive Director of Mass Literacy Campaign Rasheda K Chowdhury, BRAC University Emeritus Professor Dr. Manzoor Hossain and Viqarunnisa Noon School & College’s Assistant Professor Dr. Farhana Khanam made the speech as special guests.