Writ seeks reopening of all educational institutions

A writ was filed with the High Court (HC) on Thursday, seeking directives to reopen all the educational institutions across the country.

Supreme Court lawyer Faruk Alamgir Chowdhury filed the writ petition on behalf of Principal of Mirzapur Public School and College in Gazipur sadar upazila.

Authorities concerned, including the University Grant Commission (UGC) Chairman, Director General of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, Secretary of Education Ministry, were made respondents to the writ.

Earlier on January 11, a legal notice in this regard was sent to the secretary of the Education Ministry but no measure has been taken so far.

The notice had sought no further extension of the closure of educational institutions after January 16 as it has been extended 11 times last year due to coronavirus pandemic, said Faruk Alamgir.

The closure of educational institutions is casting a negative impact on the students, he said.

On January 15, the government extended the closure of educational institutions until Jan 30 as the coronavirus situation shows no sign of improvement.

The government shut schools and educational institutions on March 17 last year after the country confirmed its first Covid-19 cases on March 8. The closure was extended several times, most recently until Jan 16 this year.

Friday’s circular said the closure has been extended to protect the students from the coronavirus infection.

Bangladesh’s Covid-19 fatalities rose to 7,966 on Thursday after the country’s health authorities confirmed 16 more coronavirus-related deaths in 24 hours until morning.

The caseload reached 530,271 with the detection of 584 new cases.

Covid-19 vaccine

Two million doses of Covid-19 vaccine gifted by India reached Dhaka on Thursday.

A chartered flight of Air India carrying the vaccine landed at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport at 11:21am.

Thirty million doses of vaccine are scheduled to arrive between January and June (five million a month) as per the agreement the government signed with Serum Institute Of India Pvt Ltd.

Health Minister Maleque on Monday said Bangladesh would receive the first consignment of Oxford-AstraZeneca’s vaccine on January 25-26.

Source: United News of Bangladesh