June 2, 2023, 10:17 am

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2021-12-31 14:17:03 BdST

Can’t keep schools open if Covid cases rise: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday directed the education ministry to continue online learning programmes if there is a rise in Covid-19 infections.

“Since it will not be possible to keep schools open in case of a fresh surge of Covid-19, measures will have to be taken to take online teaching to every house,” she said.

The premier was addressing the SSC and equivalent examinations results unveiling and free textbook distribution ceremony at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, joining virtually from her official residence Ganabhaban in the capital.

She also reiterated her call to the countrymen to receive Covid-19 jab to escape the lethal virus infection newly, directing the authorities concerned to make the vaccination campaign in grassroots level available through community clinics.

“We have to take measure so that none is infected (with Coronavirus) again and none remains beyond vaccination coverage,” she said, adding “Everyone has to take Covid-19 jab.”

She also said that the ministry of health has already been asked to make the vaccination drive available in villages and grassroots levels through each community clinic and health centre.

She said the Covid-19 jab would be administered through community clinic or health centre across the country but “those who has yet to receive the jab, they must have to get it”.

Sheikh Hasina opined that the ministry of education and other concerned will have to be cautious so people would receive the jab.

She also asked all concerned to make sure that student and their guardian would get vaccine.

Turning to SSC and equivalent examinations results, she extended her greetings to the successful students.

The prime minister said, “Our guardian or teacher is not aware of it and that is why this awareness is urgently necessary”.

She opined that each teacher should be made aware about it by the education ministry and each education institution should conduct screening campaign to find out whether there is any problem among the students.

Mentioning that most of the former joint families in the country turned into single family, the prime minister said, “In the joint family if any child had minor problems, it would have been cured as they used to play with many children in combine.”

Mentioning that today’s student will be the golden people for building Bangabandhu’s “Sonar Bangla”, she urged the parents and teachers to pay attention to grooming up them in this way.

“We have to build the skilled citizens and make them worthy of taking the advantages of the 4th Industrial Revolution,” she said.

About the textbook distribution, Sheikh Hasina said the day a very important day for every student as books are being given in New Year along with the announcement of results.

“The joy of getting new books is different as wrapping the new book and writing the name on it, is an amazing feeling,” she added.

At the outset of the event, the prime minister unveiled the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations results alongside opening the free textbook distribution ceremony.

Chairmen of 11 education boards - nine general boards, one madrasha education board and one technical education board - handed over the results.

On behalf of the prime minister, Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni received the results.

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