Discussion on edu policy deferred to next session
A general discussion on the National Education Policy 2010 was deferred to next session of parliament as lawmakers did not agree to participate in it in 'short notice'.
The education policy was placed in the parliament on Monday. But the discussion on it was not included in the original order of the business for yesterday's sitting. It was included for discussion in a supplementary order of business.
On the eve of beginning of the discussion, Awami League lawmaker Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim took floor and said it is not possible for them to participate in the discussion on the education policy without going through the policy thoroughly.
“We need time to take preparation for participating in the discussion,” he said, proposing to hold the discussion today.
But the speaker didn't agree as another general discussion on achieving UN Millennium Development Goal award will be held today. He said if the two discussions are held simultaneously, importance of the discussions will be reduced.
The speaker then invited ruling party lawmaker Suranjit Sengupta, who piloted the motion for holding the discussion, to give his opinion on the matter. Suranjit said the cabinet passed the education policy and now it became the government policy. If the House passes the education policy, it will be national policy, he said.
He then suggested the speaker to take opinion of the Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, who later spoke for holding discussion yesterday.
But AL lawmaker Tofail Ahmed, Jatiya Party lawmakers Ruhul Amin Hawlader and Hafizuddin Ahmed, Workers Party's MP Rashed Khan Menon and independent lawmaker Fazlul Azim spoke for deferral of the discussion.
Then the speaker said the discussion will be held in next session, which is likely to begin early of December.