Govt to ensure modern edn
Considering improvement of the standard of education as the main challenge, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday said the government wants to spread modern and standard education and technology to the young generation for building a country free from poverty, hunger and illiteracy.
"We want to make our generation complete human being equipped with modern education and technology, and imbued with moral values and patriotism," he said while delivering a lecture on 'Education in Bangladesh: Present state, challenges and future outlook.'
Bangladesh Institute of International and Strategic Studies (BIISS) organised the lecture at its auditorium in the city.
Pointing out various steps taken by the government, the minister said the government has framed an education policy to ensure equal educational opportunity for all.
"The policy which has already been finalised would be put on the website within few weeks and also be placed in the current parliament session," said Nahid.
He said many education commissions and committees have been formed to formulate education policy in the last 48 years but their recommendations were not implemented as the policies had little involvement of the people.
"But, this time the policy has been framed taking opinion from all which indicates the big possibility of its implementation," he added.
The minister said though the education sector gets the highest budgetary allocation, it is not enough as the expenditure is increasing every year.
Mentioning the government's plan to modernise madrasa education, Nahid said the government would set up an Islamic Affiliating University to oversee the entire activities of madrasa education along with incorporating modern education in its streams.
He stressed the need for modern curricula and syllabuses saying it is not be possible to fulfil the dreams of building a digital Bangladesh with the existing education curricula.
The minister said the government is laying strong emphasis on technical education, as it wants to turn the young generation into competent human resources.
The speakers at the programme made some suggestions, including immediate implementation of the education policy, increasing of budgetary allocation in education, keeping politics out of educational institutions, ensuring teacher's by giving intensive training, forming an education fund and stop and freeing the educational institutions from the interference of the lawmakers.
Muhammed Firdaus Mian, chairman of Board of Governors of BIISS, presided over the programme while economists and educationists Prof Muzaffer Ahmad, Prof Syed Anwar Husain and Prof Shamsher Ali, among others, spoke.