We do not know what type of situation is waiting for us. That is why we cannot make any decision in advance. Reopening educational institutions will depend on the coronavirus situation, but online activities will continue.
No textbook festival will be held this year. The school authorities will play a vital role in distributing new textbooks. Crowds on school premises will not be allowed. A maximum of 100 students can come to school at a time to receive textbooks.
The education ministry is also planning to reopen educational institutions on a limited scale from February 2021. But academic activities will continue both in person and online even the pandemic situation becomes normal.
Firstly, we will discuss the matter with experts from the health ministry. If they approve, we will restart classes from next week.
We will do everything in our power to prevent the spread of the virus during classes. If we see that students are properly maintaining health protocols, we will resume other classes as well.
The National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) is preparing a short syllabus comprising some selective topics which will be given to the students using digital platforms. Students will learn from lectures and practise at home.
Starting from 1 January, students will have to do assignments until 31 March. Teachers and guardians will follow the existing process of distribution and collection of the assignments.
We will select assignment topics from the part at the beginning of textbooks so that students can easily complete the tasks.
The assignments are to ensure students' attachment with textbooks and academic activities.
Professor Syed Md Golam Faruk, director general of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE)