National University Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Harun-Or-Rashid on Monday said all colleges of the country will be brought under a single platform soon to continue education online.
He informed this at a Zoom meeting with 64 college principals of 64 districts.
“To ensure cent percent educational activities during this Covid-19 pandemic, the work of bringing all colleges under one device is going on,” the NU VC said.
A letter was sent to the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to take steps in this regard, he informed.
The NU VC also said that the University Grants Commission (UGC) and Education Ministry have been working to introduce the Learning Management System (LMS).
“We want to introduce an easy system so that students can purchase data and get connected with online education activities,” he added.
Earlier on Sunday, the NU VC directed colleges under National University to continue online education activities.
NU Pro VC Dr Mashiur Rahman, Dean of Master's Education, Training and Research Centre Dr Md Anwar Hossain, and NU Registrar and Dean Dr Md Nasir Uddin among others attended the meeting.
Earlier on June 15, the government extended the closure of all the educational institutions until August 6 considering the worsening coronavirus situation.
On March 16, all educational institutions were shut to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
A total of 1,14,697 students of 157 technical educational institutions across the country will receive stipend through bKash for purchasing educational materials.
Education Minister Dipu Moni inaugurated the program of stipend distribution under the Directorate of Technical Education on Saturday, said a press release.
Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury, Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Education was also present.
Technical and Madrasah Education Division secretary Munshi Shahabuddin Ahmed, Director General of the Directorate of Technical Education Md. Sanowar Hossain, Director General of the Directorate of Madrasha Education Shafiuddin Ahmed, Managing Director of Agrani Bank Mohammad Shams-Ul Islam, and Chief Executive Officer of bKash Kamal Quadirwere also connected to the event.
Agrani Bank is the banking partner of this stipend disbursement program of the Directorate of Technical Education.
Under this program, each student will get Tk 3,000 as stipend and Tk 1,000 for purchasing educational materials in every six months.
Secondary education stipend program is the largest stipend scheme run by the Ministry of Education to reduce the dropout rate of school students.
Meanwhile, 4 million students of secondary level have already received stipends through bKash under Integrated Stipend Program in the shortest possible time easily.
The government is mulling cutting down the number of Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC) and equivalent examinations due to the ongoing crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni made the disclosure on Saturday at an online seminar.
“Whenever the situation becomes favourable, we’ll take the examinations. We’re fully prepared for that,” she said.
The Education Minister also revealed that the duration of the academic year might be extended if the coronavirus lasts longer.
Besides, a plan has been taken to reduce holidays and increase class hours to tackle the gap, she said, cautioning that there will be no compromise in case of acquiring knowledge and expertise.
The HSC and equivalent examinations were scheduled for April 1 and later had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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DPS STS School Dhaka on Friday celebrated its graduation ceremony for the class of 2020 on an online platform due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Principal Madhu Wal and outgoing Founding Principal Harsh Wal of the school attended the ceremony, said a press release.
STS Board members, teachers, globally renowned educators and the 81 Graduating students of class of 2020 attended the ceremony.
A pool of renowned educators from all over the world shared their greetings for the graduates of DPS STS School Dhaka on their graduation day.
Maria Chavez, Community Biology Initiative, MIT Media Lab; Sarah M Whiting, Dean and Josep Lluís Sert, Prof of Architecture, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; Carolyn Angleton, Biohacker, Community Biology Initiative, MIT Media Lab among others attended the online graduation ceremony.
Madhu Wal, in her speech said: “This is an incredibly special day for us, and we cheerfully celebrate this day every year.”
“I wish my best to the students and hope they will carry the legacy of this institution,” she said.
Dihan Mashroor Niloy, student of Grade 12, was honoured as ‘Valedictorian of the Batch’.
Out of 81 students of Batch 19-20, 68 received Graduation Certificates and 13 received School completion certificates.
An online cultural show followed consisting of a dance and song performance by DPS Music and Dance teachers.
The pre-primary education, the foundation of childhood education, is going to be extended to two years from existing one year.
Primary and Mass Education Secretary Akram-Al-Hossain confirmed the matter and said they have received approval from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in this regard on Thursday.
The children would have to begin the pre-primary learning at 4+ years of age instead of 5+ years, he said.
The government took the decision as pre-primary education is directly connected to children's dropping out rate in country, Hossain said.
School dropout rate reduced significantly during 2010 to 2019 after launching one year pre-primary learning system, according to Annual Primary School survey, he added.