Covid-19: Sirajganj school continues classes violating govt directive


Staff Reporter:

Violating the government’s direction to shut all educational institutions amid coronavirus pandemic, a private school has been operating regular classes at Poranpur of Kazipur upazila in Sirajganj.

The students of Annarakam Biddyaniketan have been attending regular classes with no visible health precautions and violating the rules of social distancing.

The classes are operated when the main entrance of the school remains lock, locals said.

Students go to school every day empty handed as their textbooks are kept at the school, they said.

Around 50 students without any face mask or hand gloves were sitting close to each other on tiny benches to attend their regular and coaching classes, said the UNB correspondent after visiting the school.

School manager Yasin Ali and two other teachers were providing the lessons.

Ashraf Ali, one of the teachers of the school said the closure of educational institutes would harm the academic career of students.

“Students have no chance of getting infected here because there is no Covid-19 patient in the area,” he argued.

“What’ll happen by closing down the schools? When everything including shops and transports are operating,” he said.

Talking about school fees, Ali said that the school fees must be paid after attending classes.

Meanwhile, Upazila Nirbahi Officer (UNO) Jahid Hasan said he previously heard such allegation but then the school authorities said the student came for JSC registration.

“Legal action will be taken if they are operating classes,” he said.

On March 16, the Education Ministry announced shutting down of all educational institutions to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus. The shutdown period has been extended in phases until June 15.unb


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