'Govt to ensure primary education for all by 2010' | The Daily Star
11:00 PM, September 11, 2009 / LAST MODIFIED: 11:00 PM, September 11, 2009

'Govt to ensure primary education for all by 2010'

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Mohammad Motahar Hossain yesterday said the government is pledge-bound to ensure free primary education for all children by 2010.
He was addressing a discussion on the occasion of the 34th death anniversary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and attaining vision-2021 as declared by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, organised by the Bhasani Anusari Manch at the National Press Club in the city.
The state minister said as per election pledges, the present government will ensure primary education for all children in the country by 2010 to remove illiteracy within 2014.
Shaheen Monwara Haque MP chaired the function while Dhaka University Vice Chancellor Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique attended it as the chief guest.
Under the primary education programme, he said, the government will distribute tiffin and textbooks among the students at free of cost and also provide Tk 100 monthly stipend each to the poor students.
At the primary level, the government will introduce an evaluation test from December for the students, who have completed class five, to ensure quality of education.
Meanwhile, the government is going to make education uniform for the students of primary and secondary levels, Ebtedayee and Dhakhil madrashas through incorporating Bengali, English, Mathematics, Science and General Knowledge as the common subjects, the minister said.
Besides, he said, the government also has ensured facilities for the teachers. Earlier, an assistant teacher of a primary school got only Tk 1400 in a month, but the present government raised it to Tk 5000, he said.
Director General of Bangladesh Television Kazi Abu Zafar Siddiqui, Chief News Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha and former general secretary of National Press Club Shawpan Kumar Saha and President of Employees Union of Roads and Highways Golam Kibria Dulal, among others, spoke.

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