Regular classes will be held only for 10th and 12th grades once educational institutions across the country reopen after a protracted closure induced by the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Students of other classes will have in-person classes in their educational institutions once a week and take their tasks for the whole week.
Education Minister Dipu Moni on Sunday said in parliament that the education ministry has been asked to prepare for resuming classes by 4 February this year.
Parliament yesterday also passed the three bills, paving the way for publishing the results of HSC and equivalent examinations by 28 January. The exams could not be held last year because of the Covid-19 situation.
Speaking on the Bangladesh Technical Education Board (Amendment) Bill 2021, the education minister said the HSC and equivalent results will be published two days after a gazette notification following the passing of the bills.
Dipu Moni said it is not possible to maintain the health directives properly as the number of students in Bangladesh's educational institutions is huge and they have to sit in crowded classes.
"So, there is no scope to bring all the students back to schools at the same time," she added.
On 16 March last year, the government announced the closure of all educational institutions and coaching centres in the country for 18-31 March in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. The shutdown of schools has since been extended a number of times until 30 January this year.
Even though classes have remained suspended for these months, administrative activities resumed gradually.
Bills passed for HSC results
Parliament yesterday passed the Intermediate and Secondary Education (Amendment) Bill 2021, Bangladesh Technical Education Board (Amendment) Bill 2021, and Bangladesh Madrasah Education Board (Amendment) Bill 2021.
Since existing laws preclude authorities from publishing the results without holding examinations, the government has had to move to amend these laws.
Now, the bills will be sent to the president for approval. After the president signs them, the results will be published.
Earlier, parliament had sent the bills to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education Ministry with a two-day time for reviewing; the committee okayed them on Tuesday.