Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB) - Primary and Mass Education Secretary Md Akram Al Hossain on Thursday said there would be no annual examination till class-III for students from 2021 when a new curriculum will come into force.
He made the statement while speaking with reporters after a press conference on International Literacy Day at the ministry concerned in the afternoon.
He said classes and examinations will be held round the year rather than holding annual examination. The new formula will be applied in 100 schools of the country experimentally in 2020.
In the press conference, State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md. Zakir Hossain said current literacy rate of the country is 73.9 percent which was 72.9 percent in the previous year.
‘’We are not satisfied with 1 percent increase rate. We expect more this year’,’ added the state minister.
However, the country is set to observe International Literacy Day on September 8 with the slogan ‘Multilingual Literacy, Assurance of a Better Life’, he said.
About illiteracy problem, the state minister said 45 lakh illiterates are being given primary education in 250 selected upazilas of the country. Already, 2359441 illiterate people have been educated through this project.
Besides, the government took initiative to provide informal primary education to 10 lakh children who have been deprived of education due to poverty, child labour and geographical barriers, said Zakir Hossain, adding that the government is working to ensure better primary education.
Dhaka, Sept 5 (UNB)- The 10th anniversary of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award in Bangladesh was celebrated at the Dhaka University (DU) campus on Thursday.
Dhaka University (DU) Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman addressed the celebration function as chief guest.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is a youth awards programme founded in the United Kingdom in 1956 by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, that has since expanded to 144 nations. The awards recognise adolescents and young adults for completing a series of self-improvement exercises
Director of Student Counseling & Guidance Office of DU Prof. Mahjabeen Haque presided over the program while Secretary General of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation John May addressed it as the guest of honor.
Chairman of Board of Trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation A K Shamsuddin Khan, Member Rizwan Bin Farouq and Award Leader Mizanur Rahman also addressed the program.
DU Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dr. Md. Akhtaruzzaman said DU students have been highly benefited and encouraged by this program of Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation.
"This award program is playing an important role to develop communication and management skills as well as behavior and attitude of the students," he added.
Dhaka University, Sept 5 (UNB)- Teachers of public universities on Thursday protested the proposal of University Grants Commission’s (UGC) for formulating a uniform policy for recruitment and promotion of public university teachers.
They teachers said that the policy will pose threat to the autonomy of public universities.
They came up with the protest at a human chain in front of the Raju memorial sculpture of the campus.
Under the banner - 'Bangladesh University Teachers’ Forum' around 300 teachers from different public universities across the country participated in the human chain.
Professor Kamrul Hassan Mamun of DU and convener of Forum said "Those who want to impose an uniform policy have no idea about the university rules and regulations. All the universities have separate syndicate bodies like parliament of a country. All decision are made from the syndicate meeting.”
"We hope the UGC step back from their proposed policy and take practical steps regarding the issue" he added.
Islamic University, Sept 5 (UNB) – A section of teachers of Islamic University (IU) formed a human chain on the campus in Kushtia on Thursday protesting the University Grants Commission’s proposal for formulating a uniform policy on the recruitment and promotion of public university teachers.
The teachers formed the human chain under the banner of ‘General Teachers of Islamic University’ as part of the declaration of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Forum adjacent to the main gate area of the university around 11:00am.
Addressing the human chain, the speakers said that the policy is inconsistent with autonomous universities where all the public universities have their own policy to lead the institutions.
The UGC wanted to implement the policy without discussing the matter with its’ stakeholders, they said.
They would go for tougher movement as per the decision of Bangladesh University Teachers’ Forum if the proposed policy is implemented.
Among others, Professor Ahsan-ul-Haque, Prof Mamunur Rahman, associate Professors Muntasir Rahman, Rakibul Islam Rakib, Minnatul Karim, Toufiq Elahi, Jashim Uddin, Sazzad Zahid, Ashrafun Nahar Hena, Shoriful Islam Jewel, Shohidul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Hasnat Nahid, among others, attended the human chain.
Jahangirnagar University, Sept 4 (UNB) - Protesting students and teachers of Jahangirnagar University on Wednesday announced to continue their siege programme for the third consecutive day, rejecting the administration’s proposal to sit for discussion.
They made the announcement around 5pm after completing their programme of besieging two administrative buildings for the second consecutive day.
On the day, the protesters under the banner of ‘Jahangirnagar Against Corruption’ took position in front of the two buildings around 7am protesting unplanned development, corruption by the Vice-Chancellor and endangerment of biodiversity on the campus, that caused a standstill in administrative activities of the university.
At one stage, the acting proctor ASM Firoz-ul-Hasan and other members of the proctorial body went to the spot and urged the protesters to sit on the table unconditionally with the Vice-Chancellor.
But the proposal was rejected by the protesters who sought assurances that their demands would be fully met and declared to continue the siege programme.
Ashiqur Rahman, president of Jahangirnagar Cultural Alliance, said they will respond to the authority’s proposal only when they will get assurance of meeting the demands.
Professor Tareq Reza of Bangla Department demanded a representative from The University Grants Commission sit in on the discussion table since the Vice-Chancellor herself is accused of irregularities and mismanagement of the project money.
However, the Vice-Chancellor Professor Farzana Islam told UNB that some trees must be cut off for the development project. Besides, the master plan for infrastructural development on the campus cannot be described as ‘unplanned’ as it was formulated by veteran experts and planners of the country, she maintained.