School academic year begins in January but the institutions in Sylhet could not run normally due to the 20-Party Alliance’s indefinite nationwide transport blockade since Jan 5 and several rounds of shutdowns along with it.
The BNP has been issuing statements every week since early February announcing shutdown on all working days compelling the institutions to conduct classes only on the weekend.
The latest BNP statement sparing Sylhet from the purview of their shutdowns have been welcomed by school authorities, students and their guardians, who were anxious not to suffer any more disruption.
Though offices went about business as usual amid the agitations braving subversive acts, school authorities preferred keeping their institutions closed out of concern for safety of students.
Even the education ministry had deferred test of several subjects in the SSC and equivalent exams to weekends.
Many schools conducted classes on Sunday as the agitation-related violence eased.
During visits to several schools, this correspondent found students rejoicing.