Schools open on weekend to make up for hartal losses

Hartals were affecting the schools’ activities ahead of November, which is an important month for schools

A group of schoolchildren, though smiling after the end of the day’s classes, had to go through the trouble of attending school on a weekend, as they had to miss scheduled classes because of recent hartals and country’s political unrest


Some schools and a number of private universities in the capital remained open on Friday to make up the loss of classes caused by the 60-hour hartal staged by the 18-party alliance last week. Schoolteachers said the hartals were affecting the schools’ activities ahead of November, which is an important month for schools. Taking extra classes on the weekend is part of the attempt to make up the losses, they said. With the BNP-led alliance having already hinted that hartals may be staged again on November 4-6, the teachers said classes and examinations would have to be taken on all the weekends this month, if the hartals continued to be staged at this rate. Principal of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College Manju Ara Begum said the school’s class-five students on Friday sat for a model test for the primary terminal examinations. She said classes and examinations would be held in the next few weekends if hartals continued this way. Most English medium schools also remained open on Friday to cover the lost classes. Abu Reza Nurul Haque, a teacher of an English medium school in Dhanmondi, said schools had many tasks to carry out this month and the repeated hartals had been making things difficult. “If hartals continue, all schools will have to take classes on weekends,” he said. Milestone School and College in Uttara also remained open on Friday to make up losses caused by hartals. A teacher of the school said there was a good student turnout on Friday, despite it being a weekend-day. Farhad Hossain, principal of Monipur High School and College, said they did not take classes on Friday but would conduct classes in the next weekends if the hartals continued. Zahirul Islam, vice-principal of Mohammadpur Model School and College, said a university admission test took place at the institution on Friday, but classes might be held from the next weekend to make up losses. Guardians, however, expressed their frustration as classes were being taken on weekends. “We have many tasks for the weekends, but these tasks cannot be done as we have to take our children to schools,” said Sabbir Ahmed, a parent whose child goes to Milestone School and College. Meanwhile, speaking at a programme in Sylhet on Friday, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid urged political parties to refrain from calling hartals or any violent political programmes for the interest of 40 million students. “Some 40 million students will sit for examinations this month. Violent political programmes cause students unbearable sufferings,” the minister said.


Source: Dhaka Tribune