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Don’t keep children under pressure for study: PM
Hasina opens primary edn week
BSS, Dhaka

Don’t keep children under pressure for study: PM

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina hands over a certificate to a student while inaugurating the National Primary Education Week, 2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital yesterday. PMO Photo

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon all not to exert additional pressure on the tender-hearted children for studying instead of giving them education with joy. “Additional pressure shouldn’t be put on tender-hearted children for studying. It should be taken care by all that the children can get education amid cheerfulness and play and without having fear,” she said while inaugurating the National Primary Education Week, 2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Center in the capital.

She requested all the guardians and teachers for not indiscriminately asking the children for ‘study’, ‘study’ and ‘study’ as they can be losing their interest in learning and getting frightened of it, saying, “All should help the children to flourish their usual talents.” “In many countries children are sent to schools at the age of seven, but in Bangladesh children are being sent at their tender ages. So, the guardians and teachers should be more careful about giving additional pressure on them,” she also said.

Speaking about her referral of a child to a school for admission, she said that the school authorities gave the child a printed question paper to answer. The prime minister posed a question saying, if the child could answer the question why the kid should go to the school?

The premier asked all concerned to cancel the procedure of giving printed question papers to class one students and suggested making area-wise proper arrangement for admission of children. Sheikh Hasina also asked the guardians to refrain themselves from getting involved in unhealthy competition about their children’s future and said in many cases it has been witnessed that there is no competition among the children but it exists among the guardians.

State Minister for Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Md Zakir Hossain presided over the function while its secretary Md. Akram-Al-Hossain gave the welcome address.

Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Primary and Mass Education and former Minister Mostafizur Rahman spoke on the occasion.

A video presentation on progress and success regarding primary education in the country was also screened at the function.

The premier also distributed medals and certificates among the recipients of ‘Primary Education Padak ‘, in 19 categories and students of primacy schools for securing first, second and third position in the cultural and sports competitions in 15 categories.

Director general (DG) of Directorate of Primary Education Dr AFM Manzur Kadir moderated the medal and certificate distributing part of the function.

Recalling contribution of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to education, the premier said “Bangabandhu took firm steps to build an illiteracy free country by making primary education universal and compulsory and making education free for women after independence in 1971.”

Bangabandhu, under whose charismatic leadership Bangladesh had achieved independence, nationalized 36.02 thousands schools and the job of all the primary teachers of those schools in accordance with the recommendation of Qudrat-e-Khuda Education Commission constituted by Bangabandhu in 1972, she mentioned.

“The education policy which was prepared at the end of 1974 in line with recommendations of the Qudrat-e-Khuda Education Commission could not come to the light after assassination of Father of Nation along with his family members except me and my sister,” the premier said.

Following the footsteps of Bangabandhu, the Awami League, after assuming power in 1996, took measures for an inclusive education system involving physically challenged and remote areas children and formed education commission to formulate an education policy, she continued.

The education policy finally was formulated in accordance with the Qudrat- e-Khuda Education Commission in 2009 as the Awami League came to power for second term and started its execution in 2011, she added.

“In the education policy, we have given topmost priority over primary education as the foundation of children depends on primary education,” she said.

In order to ensure quality primary education of all children, currently the fourth primary education programme [2018-2023] has been implemented with a budget of Tk 38.40 crores, she also said.

To this contest, the government has already made computer education compulsory in secondary level and is working to make it compulsory in primary level, the premier said.

Multimedia classroom system has already been introduced in many areas and the entire country will be brought under the system in phases, she mentioned.

Highlighting the government measures taken for checking dropouts, the premier said her government has introduced school feeding system along with giving text books free of costs, stipend for female students, constructing schools in every two kilometers.

Describing the children as future of the nation, she said, “You have to read attentively and to be a good citizen of the country as we want to build the next generation with the values inspired by the spirit of our Liberation War, ethics and principles.”