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HSC and SSC candidates as well as younger students are at risk of losing an academic year due to school closures and exam suspensions to stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus
Experts have suggested that Bangladesh reopen schools in a strategic manner during the ongoing lockdown, as students may otherwise begin working to help their families cope with financial problems caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Currently, HSC and SSC candidates as well as younger students are at risk of losing an academic year due to school closures and exam suspensions to stop the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.
There are about 17.2 million students at the primary school level, while 1,635,240 candidates are waiting for SSC results and over a million students are awaiting the HSC exams, Education Ministry data says.
“We fear many students might not return to class due to the economic crisis caused by Covid-19. Many might join the workforce. It is better to re-open schools with proper preventive measures,” said education specialist Golam Kibria of Educo.
“However, the reopening process is not an easy job. All health guidelines have to be followed strictly; schools need to be prepared as well as students, teachers and guardians,” Educationist and social activist Rasheda K Choudhury told this newspaper.