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When will the educational institution open? Educational institutions have been of since March 17 after the onset of corona virus pandomic. According to the government’s decision, the holiday will last till August 6, which means 142 consecutive days.

Bangladesh did not have such an experience of closing down educational institutions except during the Great War of Liberation in 1971. About one crore and six lakh students, their parents and teachers at the secondary level are counting the hours. When will the educational institution open? Students will participate in normal learning activities on their favorite campus.

Covid-19 is giving the world a new kind of experience that has not happened in this century. How ready we are to bring students back to the classroom. Educational institutions must be opened. We, the education experts, have to come up with a plan targeting the decision of the Hon’ble Prime Minister to open it in September. If the government does not take a quick decision, the targets set by the government for the expansion of education will remain elusive in Vision-2021 and SDG-4.

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In order to maintain the continuity of teaching in closed schools from March 31, 2020, the Department of Secondary and Higher Secondary, Sangsad Bangladesh Television has adopted a thematic teaching program ‘Amar Ghare Amar School’ according to the specific academic calendar and considers it as continuous evaluation of homework. To be submitted. This is the directive when it is officially closed.

on aged (11-15) years in our country is about 1 crore 72 lakhs. Enrollment in 6th to 10th class is about 1 crore 6 lakh. The biggest challenge in getting so many students to study through distance learning is the uninterrupted power, computer and internet facilities all over the country. Home schooling is supporting students, but their daily routines and reading habits are changing. Students are giving less time to study due to not giving direct feedback. Our students are accustomed to seeing television as a means of entertainment and sports. Suddenly it will take time to develop it as a useful medium of study. The next time maybe research will be on how much time students spent on teaching through which medium during the closing.

While some educational institutions in big cities continue to run online education activities, rural students are being deprived of it. Aren’t we making a mistake by giving up Facebook and YouTube in the name of online classes in the hands of Komalmati students? What the impact will be in the future will also be studied at some point. How many students across the country are getting the benefit of online classes? Social inequality is not being created through online classes! Many parents are losing their jobs because of the corona virus pandemic, and because of the economic downturn, rising recession, unemployment and poverty, parents will no longer send many students to school and they will drop out.

According to Banbase, the dropout rate at the secondary level is above 30 percent. Parents will send many students to different child labor, they will be victims of child marriage and trafficking. The ILO says the corona virus epidemic will increase child labor. According to the World Bank, 80 percent of the total workforce in Bangladesh is secondary and higher secondary level students.

The coronavirus epidemic has made the lives of 21st century students miserable. No going to school, no sports opportunities, no chatting with friends, no restrictions on going out of the house. Parents are struggling to control children and adolescents during this lockdown. Students are starting to suffer from depression due to being online for a long time. As a result, physical and mental abuse of children and adolescents is on the rise. Students from poor families are increasingly at risk of being involved in various criminal activities.

 Different methods of distance learning can never be an alternative to the conventional education system, only helpful. Moreover, it is difficult and time consuming to implement all types of distance learning methods in a country like ours, but it is playing a good role in this time of danger.

At the moment, the World Health Organization or experts cannot say for sure that we will get rid of the coronavirus epidemic very suddenly. But will our education system be stagnant? The number of coronavirus infections worldwide (11-20 years) is very low; It is a matter of hope.

The Ministry of Education may work out a plan with education analysts to implement the plan to open the school in September, as announced by the Hon’ble Prime Minister. Here are some of my thoughts:

  • The decision to open the school will be taken under the supervision of the Ministry of Education. Local MPs, Deputy Commissioners, Upazila Nirbahi Officers, Health Officers, Managing Committees, Education Officers and Stakeholders will be involved. During the tenure of this government, all types of educational institutions have undergone extensive infrastructural development.
  • We need to check whether we have the ability to teach while maintaining physical distance as per the guidelines of the World Health Organization and our Ministry of Health.
  • All educational institutions that have a shortage of classrooms can make common rooms and libraries classrooms.
  • Only tests can be taken in December. (September-November) A three-month syllabus has to be prepared and delivered to the students now.
  • According to Ban Base, 55 percent of educational institutions have hand washing systems that need to be upgraded to a satisfactory level.
  • Hand washing can be arranged on one side of the playground of each institution or in a convenient place by placing the required number of sinks in proportion to the number of students.
  • Digital thermometers, laser thermometers or portable thermometers should be provided in every educational institution to measure fever.
  • Each classroom needs to be cleaned and disinfected as per the guidelines of the World Health Organization and the Ministry of Health.
  • The assistance of local administration and health department should be taken to identify the families and students at risk.
  • Adequate soap, tissue and sanitizer should be provided.
  • Each student may be instructed to use a cloth mask.
  • One room of each educational institution should be declared as isolation room. The common room and all kinds of sports will be closed at this time.
  • Corona-affected teachers-staff, students will not be able to come to the institution.
  • Awareness training should be taken for the head of the institution and the teachers and staff through the use of technology.
  • Hygienic plans will be promoted in the media so that students can return to school safely.
  • When the educational institution reopens, the students will mentally think about the state before the lockdown. So they desperately need the right direction, reciprocity, humanitarian support to overcome the dreaded situation.
  • The Ministry of Education can provide a common direction on how the educational institutions will conduct classes. Classes 6th, 7th and 9th will be held here once a week. 8th and 10th class two days a week. These two classes can take classes in double shifts once a week. If necessary, classes can be conducted in co-education schools or in double shifts where there are more students. Classes will run non-stop.
  • Students must disinfect each classroom following hygiene rules before entering the institution. Fever can be measured and hand washing can be brought up to an hour ahead of school time.
  • No one other than the campus, teachers-staff, students and health officials should be barred from entering the educational institution.
  • Students, teachers and staff will be allowed to enter the campus if the body temperature is below 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Students will use cloth masks. When to use this mask? While they are waiting to enter the institution, they will be in the school yard (except for taking food and drinking water). Will use masks when they leave school and travel through different paths. There is no need to wear a mask in the classroom.
  • Students will sit in the classroom in a zigzag manner.

If the government decides to open an educational institution, it must ensure that every child is included in the process and has the opportunity to receive an education. Every student should get health care, hygiene and human health care depending on the educational institution. Parents, local stakeholders will provide appropriate assistance to the students so that they abide by the hygiene rules. Students will learn while maintaining appropriate physical distance in the classroom. There is no reason to think that they are losing sociality and interaction. Students need social and emotional support, which can enhance their success and ability to take on challenges in the current situation. School is another small society to survive in the larger society. Where to fight. In our conventional education system, the students pass the upper class only through examinations. If you want to take the exam, you have to open the educational institution.
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The Minister of Education said, is the purpose of education only examination? The purpose of education will be to acquire knowledge, to acquire skills, to inculcate the values โ€‹โ€‹of education among ourselves, to be good citizens, to be cosmopolitan, we are walking that path, but we have to go far.

Author: Khandaker Md. Maksudur Rahman, Upazila Secondary Education Officer, Madaripur Sadar.

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