Fewer students are taking in-person classes

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About a third of secondary students and a fifth of primary students remained absent from schools as educational institutions resumed in-person classes after the Covid-induced shutdown.

A campaign called ‘Safe Back to School’, organized by 21 national and international organisations, revealed the results yesterday.

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According to the report, attendance at the secondary level was between 57 and 69% while it was between 65 and 86% at the primary level.

The main reasons for the absence of students are student participation in economic activities, migration to other places, moving to other educational institutions such as madrasa, loss of interest and marriage of children, said Abu Said Md Juel Miah, Team Leader, Research and Evidence, Advocacy for Social Change.

He mentioned the reasons when presenting the report during a program in the capital.

The researchers collected student attendance data for three weeks from September 12, 2021, when schools resumed in-person classes following the Covid-induced closure from March 17, 2020.

The study was carried out on 328 primary and secondary schools in 17 districts of the seven divisions of the country.

The research was conducted to capture school attendance, the maintenance of health safety measures and the mental well-being of students after the long school closures.

According to the report, the proportion of girls attending school was higher than that of boys during the survey.

Absenteeism was 16% to 37% for boys and 14% to 35% for girls in primary schools, and 34% to 45% for boys and 28% and 41% for girls in secondary schools.

Talking about mental health, Samia Ahmed, Senior Advocacy and Campaign Manager at Save the Children, said they found that 47% of boys and girls had average scores (29-44) on the well-being scale. -being children of Stirling.

The result of the mental health survey means these students were suffering from some sort of depression as they were housebound during the school closure.

Education Minister Dipu Moni said the government planned to compensate for losses in primary and secondary schools.

“We need to work at the local level to bring back the victims of child marriage. We have started training 200,000 teachers to work on mental health,” she said.

Each educational institution will have at least two trained counseling teachers and one professional counselor in each district, she added.

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