The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education has announced the temporary closure of 5 government primary schools in Ghumdhum Union of Naikxyongchari Upazila of Bandarban Hill District due to the ongoing conflict between the junta and the rebels on the Myanmar border.
These schools will remain closed until further notice, a press release said.
The schools that have been declared closed are Baishpari Government Primary School, Bhajbaniya Government Primary School, Tumbru Government Primary School, Paschimkul Tumbru Government Primary School and Dakshin Ghumdhum Government Primary School.
According to the notification, if the local situation improves, the District Primary Education Officer, Bandarban Hill District will take necessary measures to open the schools including re-teaching in the mentioned schools in discussion with the higher authorities.
The length of Bangladesh’s border with Myanmar is about 283 km. Major part of it fell in Bandarban and Cox’s Bazar districts. Several rebel groups, including the Arakan Army, have intensified fighting in the Bangladesh border area for weeks. And because of this, panic is increasing in Tambru border. Due to this conflict, BGB is on alert in the border area.
Meanwhile, a Bangladeshi and a Rohingya were killed at the Ghumdhum border on Monday due to a shell fired from Myanmar.
Cornered in fighting with the Arakan Army, 95 members of Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) have so far fled across the Tumbru border and taken refuge in Bangladesh. In the meantime, Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) members have disarmed them and taken them into custody.
Locals have closed all the shops in the border markets due to fear. Many have left the area and gone to safe shelters. Those who remain spend their days in fear.