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Cold forces school closures in Chuadanga, Sirajganj

Staff Reporter:

Bangladesh is currently experiencing a significant cold wave, with the season’s lowest temperature rec-orded at 6.6 degrees Celsius in both Chuadanga and Sirajganj districts on Tuesday morning that triggered school closures in the districts. This drastic drop in temperature has heavily disrupted daily life and rou-tines.
The government has directed the closure of all primary and secondary schools, including madrasas, if temperatures fall below 10 degrees Celsius. Despite this directive, some kindergartens and pre-cadet schools in Chuadanga have reportedly remained open.
Tabibur Rahman, Chuadanga Primary Education Officer, confirmed the compliance with the govern-ment’s closure directive, citing the severe cold as the reason. The Chuadanga First Class Meteorological Observatory noted a significant drop in temperature over a single day, from 9.5 degrees Celsius yester-day morning to 6.6 degrees Celsius yesterday, prompting residents to stay indoors.
Rakibul Hasan, a senior weather observer, stated, “The district’s minimum temperature was recorded at 6.8 degrees Celsius at 6 am and 6.6 degrees Celsius at 9 am yesterday, with an air humidity of 96 per-cent.” This temperature is close to the district’s historic lows, with the ever-lowest being 3.9 degrees Celsius recorded on January 9, 2013.
Bazlur Rashid, a Dhaka-based meteorologist at the Bangladesh Meteorological Department (BMD), con-firmed the 6.6 degrees Celsius temperature in Sirajganj this morning, noting that both Chuadanga and Sirajganj are experiencing the season’s lowest temperatures simultaneously.
In Kurigram, the authorities declared the closure of primary and secondary-level schools as 7.5 degrees Celsius temperature was recorded in the district this morning. Confirming the temperature, Subal Chan-dra Sarkar, a weather officer at Kurigram’s Rajarhat Meteorological Office, predicted the temperature may rise after January 25.
Similarly, in Kushtia, Al Mamun Talukdar, a secondary education officer, announced school closures due to a temperature of 9 degrees Celsius. In Khulna, educational institutions also remain closed, with the district Met Office recording a low of 9.6 degrees Celsius at 6 am on Tuesday, marking this year’s lowest for the district.
Naogaon’s authorities have suspended academic activities at primary and secondary schools due to the severe cold, with temperatures reaching 9 degrees Celsius.
This wave of closures follows the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE)’s circular issued on January 16, which allows education authorities to close schools if temperatures fall below 10 degrees Celsius. The circular states, “A cold wave is sweeping different parts of the country, seriously hampering educational activities. Regional deputy directors, in consultation with district education offic-ers, can close educational institutions under secondary level in such cases.”

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