Education Minister Dipu Moni on Wednesday said the government has taken an initiative to amend the National Education Policy as it needs revision and refinement.
She made the disclosure while addressing a virtual discussion programme organized by the Planning Commission as part of the Eighth Five Year Plan.
“The National Education Policy was formulated about 10 years ago. It has been a long period since then and many changes have taken place in the meantime. So now is the time to make revision, refinement and inclusion to the policy. The government has taken an initiative in this regard,” the education minister said.
Dr Dipu Moni also revealed that formulation of an education law is at its final stage to ensure quality education at all levels.
“The government is committed to ensure quality education at all levels. That ‘s why an education law is at its final stage of formulation,” she said, adding that huge population of the country has now been brought under the education facilities.
Besides, the government is laying emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and maths (STEAM) to improve the quality of education.
At the same time, different soft skills, including honesty, ethics, patriotism, communication skill, team building, critical thinking and problem solving, are now being emphasized, she added.
Regarding the online education system, Dr Dipu Moni said it is needed to keep the online learning facility in our education system so that the working people can avail of the facility of reskilling and upskilling to adapt themselves to any change.
Senior Secretary to the Planning Commission and Ekushey Padak winner Dr Shamsul Alam presented the keynote address at the meeting. Apart from him, University Grants Commission Chairman Dr Kazi Shahidullah, Vice Chancellors of different universities, among others, were present on the occasion.
There will be no Primary Education Completion (PEC) and its equivalent Ebtedayee examination for 2020 and the students will be promoted to the next class through class assessment instead.
"We don’t want to put students at risk... a summary [report] of the current situation has been sent to the Prime Minister to cancel those (PEC-Ebtedayee exams) this year," State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossain told UNB on Tuesday.
He said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has agreed to their recommendations in this regard.
The state minister said the students will be promoted to class six through class evaluation centrally. "The examinations of other classes except that of class five will be taken when schools will reopen."
The PEC and Ebtedayee examinations were scheduled to begin on November 17 with around 30 lakh students preparing to appear in the exams.
Akram Al Hossain, Senior Secretary to the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, said a summary report was sent to the Prime Minister on August 19 seeking a decision to cancel the PEC and Ebtedayee exams due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.
Cabinet Secretary Khandker Anwarul Islam on Monday said time has not come yet to reopen the educational institutions of the country.
"I don’t think time has come to reopen schools and colleges," he said responding to a question while briefing reporters about the outcome of the weekly cabinet meeting held at the Bangladesh Secretariat.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina presided over the meeting.
About the postponed HSC examinations, he said the Ministry of Education is actively discussing the issues relating to the HSC and other examinations, and they will look into the matters.
"After scrutinising everything, they’ll take a decision quickly and they’re strongly thinking about that," the cabinet secretary added.
On March 16 last, the government closed all the educational institutes, aiming to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country.
Meanwhile, the death toll from coronavirus in Bangladesh hit 3,983 on Monday, with 42 new fatalities being reported in 24 hours.
Health authorities detected 2,485 new patients, raising the total number of Covid-19 cases in the country to 2,97,083 on the 25th week of first infection by the virus.
The administrative building of Jashore University of Science and Technology (JUST) will be put under lockdown from August 27 as some employees of the university were diagnosed with Covid-19.
The authorities concerned of JUST took the decision at a meeting on Monday with its Vice-Chancellor Prof Dr Mohamamd Anwar Hossain in the chair.
The lockdown will remain in force until September 2 and during this period all the employees and staff of the university will have to go through Covid-19 test.
The meeting also asked the employees and staff to provide their samples to Dr MR Khan Medical Centre for Covid-19 test.
Those who will be tested negative will be allowed to do official work.
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A total of 2,216 students of Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) have been provided with 15 gigabytes (GB) data each, in a bid to facilitate online classes amid coronavirus pandemic.
Rashed Talukdar, student welfare advisor of SUST, confirmed the information, saying around 80 students from each department were brought under the facility.
“The university authority will do its best to extend such services to the students as long as they are unable to attend classes physically,” he said.
The 15gb data with 1 month validity will hopefully be sufficient to attend online classes, he added.
All the educational institutions have been shut since March 17 in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
The University Grants Commission (UGC), later, directed all public and private universities to go for online classes.