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Bangladesh shuts schools over Omicron threat, teachers are frustrated

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DHAKA: Authorities have ordered the schools to close once more, they hope the closure of schools will help break chains of infection. The closure initially was just for two weeks, until Feb. 6. But on Wednesday Education Minister Dipu Moni announced it was to be extended for another two weeks. The government has decided to extend the closure of schools, as COVID-19 cases surge, because of the highly transmissible Omicron coronavirus variant.

After the announcement by the Education minister teachers are disappointed, they are frustrated with having online classes again. The teachers expressed their concerns that students don’t get the lesson on the online way of studying as in classrooms. It is healthy that students who come to school have become punctual, learn class discipline and play with their mates that develop their minds and increase knowledge.  

Educational experts say Bangladesh government allows business, events, and trade fairs where thousands of people visited but government shuts the school which is considered recreation centers. 

Schools in Bangladesh reopened in September after one and half years, one of the world’s longest coronavirus shutdowns. The government shut the educational institutions on March 17, 2020, after the country reported its first Covid-19 cases on March 8, and later the closure was extended several times.

 Bangladesh has reported more than 1.8 million COVID-19 cases and some 28,000 deaths since the pandemic started. “Only 35 percent have been vaccinated twice.

The country has recently has seen record numbers of new infections, with more than 200,000 in January from less than 9,000 in December, according to the Health Ministry data. Deaths have more than tripled, to 322 last month from 92 in December.

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