Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said there was no need for separating groups in class nine as all students could take up same subjects up to SSC level.
She was addressing a programme at the Shapla Hall of her office marking the distribution of Prime Minister Gold Medal-2018.
A total of 172 university students were handed the award for their outstanding academic achievement. The event was held under the auspices of University Grants Commission (UGC).
Hasina said everyone has to keep pace with the modern technology-based era.
She said separation of groups in Bangladesh takes place at class nine. "To me, there is no need for this separation of groups at all because everyone can study all subjects up to SSC level. It's better to have group separation after SSC. At least the students can have the chance to flourish their merit."
The PM said many countries, including the USA, don't have this kind of group separation. "Ayub Khan had introduced this system in 1963 during the Pakistan regime. I think it's better not to have this."
She said all subjects were now related to science and nothing was beyond the purview of science.
About the fourth industrial revolution, the PM said technology-based industries were growing and those would flourish further.
"We will need our population. If we can build up our people with proper education and skills, then there will be no problem for us at all. Rather, we can help other countries also. We want to work that way," she said.
Hasina stressed the need for diversification of education which would pave the way for employment abroad and advance the country at the same time.
She said the government would do whatever was necessary for development of education and for having an educated nation.
The PM put emphasis on strengthening the UGC's supervision of universities.
She said there should be a uniform policy for all universities for the appointment of teachers and employees. "There should be a limit on seats at a particular university to ensure standard of education."
Stressing the importance of setting up specialised universities in different areas of the country, Hasina said it would not be possible to reach the peak of development without carrying out research.
Education Minister Dipu Moni and Education Secretary Mahbub Hossain also spoke at the programme, chaired by UGC Chairman Prof Kazi Shahidullah.
Mobarok Hossain from the Department of Fisheries Technology of Bangladesh Agricultural University, and Sharmin Sultana from the Department of Management Studies of Jagannath University expressed their feelings on behalf of the awardees.