Dhaka, January 4 (UNB) – Bangladesh Primary Teachers’ Association on Friday urged the newly-elected Awami League government to implement its election promises.
The association also congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for her overwhelming victory in the 11th national election.
Awami League had promised to address the wage discrimination of the primary teachers in its party’s manifesto ahead of the national election.
The teachers said this while addressing at a press conference held at Jatiya Press Club in the capital on Friday.
Mohammad Abul Kasem, General Secretary of the association, said the Awami League government nationalised a total of 26,193 non-government primary schools in 2013.
“The prime minister is positive for development of country’s primary education. So we are optimistic that the government will implement 2010 national education policy fully very soon,” he also said.
Abul Kasem further said the government in its manifesto included that all demands of assistant teachers and headmasters will be implemented.
While speaking as the chief guest, Shyamal Kanti Ghosh, former director general of the Directorate of Primary Education, urged teachers to provide their pupils with quality education.
“You are the key who will build the nation. So, you have to teach them properly as they can show excellent perform in job sectors.”
“There is no corruption in teacher recruitment system now. I received many phone calls even from MPs, but avoided those calls to arrange fair recruitment,” he also said.
As special guest, Relief and Social Welfare Secretary of Awami League Sujit Ray Nandi, said the primary teachers have been playing vital role to build a talented nation.
Mohammad Atiqur Rahman Atiq, president of the association, presided over the function while adviser Jahanara Khanom gave welcome speech.
Shahjahal University, Jan 1 (UNB) - Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) reopened on Tuesday (today) after 14-day vacation for winter and Christmas.
The academic activities of the university resumed in the morning, said a press release signed by deputy-registrar Yunus Ali.
Earlier on December 26, the administrative activities were resumed.
The students have started returning to the campus.
Dhaka, Jan 1 (UNB) – The Textbook Festival, marking the distribution of free textbooks among school and madrasah students, was kicked off across the country on Tuesday morning.
Millions of schoolchildren have joined the festivity at schools and madrasas across the country to receive books free of cost for their new classes on the first day of the new year.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid began handing over of newly printed books among students at Azimpur Government Girls’ School and College around 9:30 am.
While speaking, the minister said, “We are marching forward with a new Bangladesh. So, we have to provide priority education as today’s students may lead the nation in the further.
“We have been trying to refurbish the education system from 2010. Bangladesh is a country where so many books are distributed for free. Girl students are doing better now in every sector and around two crore students are getting scholarships each year. So far, we have distributed more than 296 crore books in last nine years,” he also said.
Nurul Islam also urged the teachers to teach their pupils properly. “Morality must be taught them alongside regular education,” he added.
Md Sohrab Hossain, secretary of the Education Ministry, said around 95 percent students of their time could not be able to read new books.
“Half of the year had to pass by to buy new books. Now, each of you is getting new books on the beginning of a year. You are very lucky,” the secretary told students.
“Take oath not to do irregularities in exam halls. We will close those educational institutions where irregularity or cheating allegations would be raised.”
“No nation is more meritorious than yours,” said the secretary adding, “Just we have to give them better environment and up-to-date syllabus.”
Later around 11 am, Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar started distributing textbooks to pre-primary and primary students at Dhaka University’s central playground.
Earlier on December 24, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina formally inaugurated the distribution of free textbooks.
The government started the Textbook Festival nine years ago, by distributing the books among students across the country as a gift for the New Year.
The government has printed 35,21,97,822 copies of textbooks for the students of primary and secondary schools, Ebtedai and Dakhil madrasas and technical institutes, according to officials of National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB).
Over 9.88 crore copies are for primary schools and 18 crore are for secondary ones.
The government has spent Tk 1,082 crore for printing and distributing the books.
Dhaka, Dec 31 (UNB) - University Grants Commission (UGC) Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan has congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as her party Awami League won a landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary elections held on Sunday.
The UGC chairman felicitated Sheikh Hasina on her hat-trick victory in the national election and thanked the Election Commission (EC) for creating an atmosphere of a participatory election.
He wished that the country will earn more success, progress and stability under her dynamic, prudent and strong leadership, said a UGC release on Monday.
Prof Mannan also hoped that the new government will materialise its election manifesto for the balanced development of the country, quality education and appropriate employment opportunities for the youth force.
Comilla University, Dec 31 (UNB) – After a 10-day winter vacation, the academic activities of Comilla University (CoU) will resume on Tuesday.
Earlier, the vacation started on December 22 which will end on December 31, said CoU Registrar Dr Md Abu Taher.
Along with other batches, the classes of first year honors students will begin on Tuesday, he added.