Same syllabus for all types of primary edn mulled

Posted: ফেব্রুয়ারি 4, 2009 in Primary Education

The government considers same syllabus for all categories of primary schools across the country to minimise social divides created by different education systems, the education minister said yesterday.

“The lessons may be taught in English in English medium schools. But the syllabus will be the same,” Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said.

Eleven systems of primary education exist in Bangladesh creating sociocultural divisions, he observed.

The minister was speaking as the chief guest at the “English in Schools” (EIS) programme jointly launched by The Daily Star and private cellphone operator AKTEL at Spectra Convention Centre in the capital.

The new syllabus would include the country’s language, history, geography and culture, among other subjects, the minister said.

If one cannot speak mother tongue and does not know the history and culture of the motherland, the bondage with his or her country becomes weaker, he said. A tendency of neglecting Bangla has developed here for some or other reasons, he added.

Citing that education is being downgraded by serious lack of quality teachers and absence of a consistent education policy, the minister said the present government has initiated steps to upgrade the education policy based on the Qudrat-e-Khuda Education Commission report.

The minister said the education policy formulated by the Qudrat-e-Khuda Commission after independence was upgraded in 2000, but the next government postponed it.

“It has become a tradition in our country that one government formulates a policy and another cancels it. This time we want to change that practice,” he said.

“We want to upgrade it with opinions of education experts. This is not a party matter. We are serious about it,” he added.

The daily star 05.02.2009

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