Education Minister Dipu Moni
Education Minister Dipu Moni on Thursday said some of the newly established public universities do not have their own campus yet. She also said that professors of the old universities do not want to go to new universities. The Education Minister said this while speaking at the passage of Mujibnagar University, Meherpur Bill, 2023 in Parliament. Stating that there are 53 public universities in the country, the Education Minister said that the most recently established universities have no place of their own so far. “The construction work has not begun. Apart from that, there are some completely new ones. There is no professor rank except vice-chancellor and treasurer.” She said that no one with the rank of professor from the old university wants to go to the new university. “Lecturers are appointed as teachers there, it will take another 15 years for them to become professors. But it is not that research opportunities have been created in the new universities. We have to accept that reality.” Dipu Moni admitted that research in all universities is not the same. She said that the standards and interest in research are not the same in all universities. “University is not for practising knowledge, but for creating knowledge. The way to create that knowledge is research.” She said that the government has opened honours indiscriminately due to the interest of public representatives. “If the students are not of honours standard the teacher may not be of honours standard either. But we have opened honours courses,” she said. In the discussion of public opinion, the Education Minister said that she is working to increase efficiency. “70 percent of our higher education students go to national universities in 2,257 colleges across the country.” Participating in the discussion on public opinion, Jatiya Party MP Shamim Haider Patwari demanded the establishment of an expatriate university.He said that eight to 10 lakh people go abroad every year. Read more: New curriculum books may contain mistakes: Dipu Moni “What has the education system provided for them? Didn't do anything. Didn't even teach them the language.” “Passport and immigration knowledge is not given. We need expatriate universities. Where the sons and daughters of expatriates will study? And they will get the knowledge of what they will do abroad.” Patwari claimed that no research has been done on how much manpower is needed in a sector of the country. “We have not done any global research. How many lorry drivers are needed all over the world, how many nurses are needed, even how many are needed in our country.” Claiming that European Union is interested in talent partnership with Bangladesh, he said: “We should go for talent partnership. If we don't do this and create only graduates, they will wander around the world as unemployed.” He said that education was, is and will be the backbone of the nation. A country that has no resources such as oil and gas people are the wealth of that country. “Educating them and making them skilled is wealth. From there we are giving more focus to bricks, stones while considering bridges, culverts as the backbone of the nation. Education and skills should be the backbone of the nation.” Jatiya Party’s Pir Fazlur Rahman said that the tenure of the 11th parliament is coming to an end. The education minister repeatedly told the parliament that she would appeal against the decision to exclude Members of Parliament from the post of president of higher secondary colleges. “Appeals will be made, hearings will be held, listening to that the whole term of this Parliament is coming to an end.”
The Mujibnagar University, Meherpur Bill, 2023 was passed in Parliament on Thursday aiming to cope up with the ever evolving modern knowledge of the world. Education Minister Dipu Moni moved the bill and it was passed by voice vote. The proposed university would be prototypes of other public universities. Read more: Parliament passes new national budget by voice vote There will be a business incubator to make the university students entrepreneurs and give them all kind of assistance at preliminary stage. As per the bill, the disciplinary committee will propose the syndicate to take appropriate steps for resisting sexual harassment, violence and ragging.
If there are errors in textbooks, they will be corrected, Education Minister Dipu Moni has said. “This year’s textbooks are experimental and trials have been conducted at 62 educational institutions over them. Even after that, there could be errors, and they will be corrected,” she said at a programme in Chandpur on Tuesday night. Referring to social media posts on “errors” in textbooks for classes 9 and 10, the education minister said, “Many have raised questions about the textbooks for classes 9 and 10 published this year. But these textbooks are not new, these have been there since 2013. There could be inadvertent errors, however, and corrections are being sent.” “If anyone finds errors in these books, let us know, and we’ll correct it,” she said. “It is impossible to have good students without transforming the education system. Rote learning is not being effective. That’s why we are trying to transform the education system. We are trying to encourage learning by doing. A teacher will play the role of a guide. Evaluations will be done every day. Education should also be fun. We just get the certificates but cannot say we have truly learnt. There are skills gap in the job market,” said the education minister. Also read: New curriculum books may contain mistakes: Dipu Moni She said that technical and madrasa education will also be transformed, she said. “We want our students to be ready for the job market. We want them to go for higher education and research. They will materialize the ‘Sonar Bangla’ dream.” National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) has provided corrections for nine mistakes they found in three of the textbooks distributed for this year. NCTB issued a notification in this regard on January 15, 2023 and posted the corrections on their website. The mistakes were spotted in three textbooks of classes 9-10. Four mistakes were found in ‘History of Bangladesh and World Civilization’, three in ‘Bangladesh and Global Studies’ while two in ‘Civics and Citizenships’. NCTB provided all the corrections in detail on their website. Eminent writer and academician Dr. Muhammed Zafar Iqbal and Professor Hasina Khan have expressed regret over the plagiarised content found in the new class 7 science textbook that they edited. They also took responsibility in a statement issued on Monday. As part of the new curriculum from this year, science textbooks for classes 6 and 7 have been printed and distributed to students as ‘Anusandhani Path’.
Two bills were placed in Parliament on Tuesday to establish universities in Meherpur and Naogaon. These two bills are --‘Mujibnagar University’ in Meherpur and ‘Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman University’ in Naogaon. Read more: JS passes Bill replacing 1982 Ordinance for SC judges Education Minister Dipu Moni placed the two bills. Both Bills were sent to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education Ministry. The committee was asked to submit their reports within one month. Read more: Review of mass media employees bill gets another 60-day extension
New curriculum will be introduced for primary, secondary and higher secondary level students from next year, said Education Minister Dipu Moni on Tuesday. “The government formulated the new curriculum keeping in mind the labour market at home and abroad. Education from primary to higher secondary level will see a major transformation. As per the plan, the new curriculum will be introduced next year,” she said. Read more: ADB to invest $2 billion over next 3 years in Bangladesh’s education sector The education minister revealed these information while speaking at a discussion marking the Victory Day at Anima Chowdhury Auditorium in Natore district town. Textbooks will be handed over to the students in the new year amid all obstacles, she said. Terming the opposition political parties including BNP, who have started the anti-government movement, as evil force, Dipu said a vested quarter is involved in destabilising the country ahead of the national election and there is no scope to spare them. Read more: Girls’ education among 5 core issues in Bangladesh development: Study
Results of this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations have been published. The summary and statistics of this year’s Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations were handed over to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Monday morning. Education Minister Dipu Moni will share detailed information on this year’s SSC results during a press conference at International Mother Language Institute in Dhaka at 1pm. Read more: No SSC question paper leaked, Dinajpur incident regre1 pmble: Dipu Moni Students can see their results from 12 pm on the Education Board website. Individual result sheets can also be downloaded by entering roll and registration number from the site. Students will be able to see their results via SMS too. To get SSC result, candidates have to type SSCfirst three letters of the board's nameroll nopassing year and send it to 16222. Educational institutions can download the result sheets from the education board website with the EIIN number of the institution. Read more: SSC question paper leak: Kurigram UNO show-caused This year, a total of 20,21,868 students took part in the SSC examinations under 11 educational boards. This year's SSC and equivalent examinations under eleven boards, including madrasa (Dakhil) and Technical Education began across the country on September 15. SSC and equivalent examinations under all education boards were scheduled to begin on June 19, but were postponed due to the flood situation in the country on June 17. Read more: Dinajpur Board postpones SSC exams on 4 subjects Earlier, SSC and equivalent examinations of 2022 were deferred for about four months because of the coronavirus pandemic. Usually, SSC exams take place in February.
Education Minister Dipu Moni on Monday said the educational institutions will decide whether to allow or not student politics on the campus. “The outcome of banning student politics in educational institutions is not usually good. This should also be considered,” she said. The minister was talking to reporters after attending a meeting on law and order situation during SSC and equivalent exams in the capital. Being involved in politics is a matter of an individual’s fundamental rights, said Dipu. Also read: Momen not accompanying PM in India: Dipu Moni questions media’s use of “dropped” “It is between a political party and an educational institute, what rule they made and what understanding they have regarding student politics. The education ministry does not decide nor intervene in these matters,” said the minister. “People have different opinions regarding allowing student politics in educational institutions but there is no alternative to political consciousness if we hope for a democratic society” Dipu added. Politics is a healthy and positive thing and this positivity has to be maintained during party politics in educational institutions, she said. On August 13, former students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) arranged a rally in its premises ahead of National Mourning Day under the banner of Bangladesh Chhatra league (BCL). Also read: SSC exams this year will start from 11am, duration 2 hours: Dipu Moni This raised a storm of debate as political activities in BUET campus has officially remained banned since the murder of student Abrar Fahad in 2019, by some then-leaders of BCl at Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university.
All coaching centres across the country will remain closed from September 12 to October 2, ahead of Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent exams, Education Minister Dipu Moni said today (September 5, 2022). According to the schedule, SSC and equivalent exams will start from September 15 and will end on October 18. Nationwide, SSC exams will start from 11am, instead of 10am, considering traffic congestion, she said at a meeting of the National Monitoring and Law and Order Committee for ensuring that the exams are held smoothly. The meeting was held at Secretariat. Read:Teachers barred from tutoring students of their institutions privately: Dipu Moni This year, SSC exams will be held for two hours, instead of three, she added. Duration of the MCQ part of the exam will be 20 minutes while the written part will be held for 1 hour and 40 minutes. All examinees have been requested to enter the exam halls 30 minutes before the exams start, and no one except the exam secretary will be allowed to carry mobile phones. Some 20,21,868 students are expected to take SSC and equivalent exams this session while last year the number was 22,43,254. The number of candidates has decreased by 2,21,386. Read:Religious studies not excluded from new curriculum: Dipu Moni About 15,99,711 candidates will sit for the SSC exams under nine general education boards, 2,68,495 for Dakhil exams under Madrasa Education Board and 1,53,662 for vocational exams under Bangladesh Technical Education Board this year, the minister said. Some 3,790 centers are set for SSC exams across the country. SSC and equivalent exams were scheduled to begin on June 19, but were postponed due to the flood situation in the country on June 17. Read New schedule of SSC exams to be announced when there will be no floodwater in schools: Dipu
The government plans to introduce a two-day weekly holiday in educational institutions across the country soon to save energy, said Education Minister Dipu Moni on Friday. She said this while responding to a question at an event in the capital. Read: No changes on religion made to textbooks: Dipu Moni Dipu Moni also said the government has announced a two-day weekly holiday in all educational institutions from 2023. “We are thinking about whether it will be implemented from now to save electricity,” she said. The decision will be announced soon, she added.
The schedule of the postponed Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations will be announced two weeks after distribution of textbooks among the students in the flood-hit districts, said Education Minister Dipu Moni on Wednesday. There have been extensive damages due to the recent devastating flood and it was not possible to save the textbooks in the flood area, she told the reporters at the Secretariat. “We need to ascertain how many books will be needed in these areas first. If necessary we will print textbooks.” Once the distribution of books is completed, the students need a little time to prepare themselves for the exams she added. Read: Floods in the northeast throw over 4.55 lakh students in Sylhet div into uncertainty The SSC and its equivalent examinations, under all the education boards scheduled to begin on June 19, were postponed due to the flood situation in the country on June 17. About the rapid surge of Covid-19, the minister said if they can vaccinate the students below 12, they will keep the educational institutions open. “At this moment, schools will not be closed. Decision will be taken seeing the situation.”