Goverment ensure quality education for all: PM

Education is the key infrustucture of a person- Nation.Only through the quality education a nation can be lead to the proper success.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Thursday reaffirmed her government’s firm commitment to fulfil each of the rights of people including ensuring quality education for all.

“Our government has taken various pragmatic steps including imparting training to the teachers and providing quality textbooks to the students free of cost at primary and higher secondary levels,” she said while inaugurating the National Primary Education Week-2010 at Osmani Memorial Auditorium here.

Presided over by Primary and Mass Education Minister Dr Md Afsarul Amin, the function was also addressed by State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md. Motahar Hossain, Secretary-in- charge of the ministry Abu Alam Md. Shahid Khan and Director General of the Department of Primary and Mass Education Shaymol Kanti Gosh.

The Prime Minister said her government has taken various measurers including providing textbooks and Tiffin free of cost in different schools and introduced school terminal examinations to stop drop out.

She expressed the hope that disparities in primary education would be removed along with raising competitiveness among the students with the introduction of school terminal examinations across the country.

Laying emphasis on increased number of quality teachers to raise the standard of education at school levels, she said considering this her government has already recruited more than 20,000 assistant teachers in primary schools while a process is underway to recruit 22,315 more primary teachers to this end.

Besides, she said, another process is on to appoint 1,000 headmasters at primary schools within this month.

About school curriculum and syllabus, she said the existing curriculum seems huge in terms of the age of students. She asked the authorities to reduce curriculum and syllabus at the school levels after consultation with all concerned and experts.

But, she regretted, the vital education sector was ignored during the last seven years, especially when the BNP- Jamaat clique was in power, taking no step to raise the quality of education and literacy rate in the country.

The Prime Minister said Father of the Nation and the greatest Bangali of all time Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman nationalized 36,165 primary schools and services of over 1.50 lakh primary school teachers in the war-ravaged Bangladesh as he thought that only quality education could help build Sonar Bangla.

Referring to providing textbooks free of cost among the primary and higher secondary students for the first time this year and at the beginning of new academic year, she said the previous governments could not reach textbooks to the students in such a smooth way and in time in the past.

In this context, The Prime Minister mentioned her personal feeling saying that she felt that education up to the degree level should be free of cost. “Although our government is now under pressure. We will take steps to make education up to the degree level free for all in future,” she added.

Sheikh Hasina said her government has made the highest allocation in the education sector and this trend would continue in future to ensure education for all.

“We have taken steps to fulfil our election pledges to ensure enrolment of all children in primary schools by 2011 and eradicating illiteracy from the country by 2014,” she said.

She said Bangladesh has achieved significant success in enrolment in primary schools so far while gender equality has been ensured in this regard.

Besides, she said, fresh programmes have been taken along with the existing ones in different areas to eradicate illiteracy from the country. “Special programmes has been taken for the remote, inaccessible and hilly areas to this end,” she added.

Calling upon all to supplement the government’s efforts to eradicate illiteracy from the country, Sheikh Hasina expressed the hope that her government would be able to reach its desired goal of building a digital Bangladesh if it gets support from the people.

Later, the Prime Minister handed over prizes and medals to the best teachers, best schools and the students who secured brilliant results in the last Primary School terminal Examination.

Students, who performed best in different extra-curricular activities at national levels competition, were also awarded in the function.

As the formal programme is over, an excellent cultural function was presented by the school students. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina witnessed the performances of the children.

Ministers, Advisers to the Prima Minister, representatives of diplomatic missions, academics and high civil and military officials were present on the occasion.

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