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Education - December 23, 2021

Normal classes likely after March: Dipu

Staff Correspondent: Education Minister Dr. Dipu Moni said that even though the new academic year has started from January, classes will be taken in the educational institutions as before. It will remain in force till next March.
She said we will monitor the new variant of corona Omicron till next March. If it is under control, normal classes will start after March. Until then, classes will be taken as before. We will monitor the matter till March, she said.
The education minister told reporters after visiting the MatuailMausumi Printing Press in the capital yesterday.
Dipu Moni said the new curriculum will be introduced as a piloting activity in Class I to Class VI from next year. Therefore, although it was decided to start this program in 100 schools across the country, it has been reduced to 70 schools. A new curriculum will be taught in those institutions.
She said it was not possible to teach the new curriculum until all the students were admitted. For this reason, their academic year will start next February. All the socio-economic and geographical issues of Bangladesh have been included in the new curriculum.
The education minister said, “We don’t have the situation to hold a book festival again. Books will be distributed in all schools class by class. There will be no problem. Students will get books on time.
She said more than 95 percent of books would reach the educational institutions by December 31. In the meantime, more than 17 crore books have been bonded. Everything will be done in the next three or four days. Even then, a small number may be left out. We can hand over that to the children in the first week of January.
“I saw in the press that work was going on in full swing. The work is all over. The binding will be done in the next two days,” she added.
Dipu Moni said we will not be able to hand over books on January 1 due to health reasons. By December 31, more than 95 percent of the books will be delivered to schools. The rest of the books will arrive by January 7.
Dipu Moni further said that the National Curriculum and Textbook Board is monitoring the textbooks two to three days a week to ensure that the quality of the textbooks is maintained. If any error is found somewhere, those books are being discarded.
The education minister also visited Matuail’sMausumi Press, Janata Press and Proma Press. During the visit, she was accompanied by officials of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board and officials of different levels of the Ministry of Education.

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