primary education

Over 18,000 non-govt primary schools close doors in 2 years

At least 18,465 non-government primary schools closed their doors for good in 2021 and 2022 due to what officials said were the impacts of Covid-19 pandemic.

Dhaka’s uninspiring govt primary schools

The government aims to build a “Smart Bangladesh” by 2041, but without fixing our faulty public education system, how far can it achieve this goal? The human resources for Bangladesh’s future are being short-changed at the primary education level,  finds The Daily Star through visits to several schools right in the heart of the capital.

Quality training crucial for primary school teachers

Teachers teach students from pre-primary to primary levels without having much pedagogical training. But this period is the most important of one’s entire education life

Primary Education Quality: Long way to go

More than half of primary schoolkids do not have the expected level of competence in mathematics and Bangla, reveals a new government assessment, raising questions about the quality of the country’s primary education.

Primary education officials asked to monitor their school areas

Field-level officials of Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) have been asked to monitor the areas of government primary schools so that no-primary level educational institutions would be established there.

No exams up to class III

Students of classes I, II and III will not require to sit for any examinations from this year.

Don't burden children with extra studies

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday called upon all not to put extra pressure on the children for studying instead of making education interesting and delightful to them.

Primary Education Project: Teachers' training in English given top priority

The government has taken up a massive programme for primary education with emphasis on teachers' training in English, so that students can better learn the language at an early stage.

Ministry for scrapping Class V terminal exams

The primary and mass education ministry decides in principle to scrap Class-V terminal examination as the primary level was elevated to class-VIII.

May 19, 2016
May 19, 2016

Huge task ahead as primary education now up to class VIII

From now on, primary education in the country will be up to class-VIII. The government made the decision yesterday to extend the level of primary education from class-V in light of the National Education Policy 2010.

May 18, 2016
May 18, 2016

Primary education now up to class VIII

In light of the National Education Policy, the government finalises its decision to extend primary education level up to class VIII from V. It’s a major decision for the country’s education system, says Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid.

April 4, 2016
April 4, 2016

How education and stimulation in early years can help children thrive for a lifetime

Today, 99 percent of Bangladesh's girls and 97 percent of boys are enrolled in primary school.

October 15, 2015
October 15, 2015


Each six-year-old child would be admitted to a neighbourhood primary school without being subjected to a qualifying test – this is how it should work because the country has a mandatory education law in place since 1990. But it hardly works this way.

August 26, 2015
August 26, 2015

Primary schools in wretched state

A report published in this daily yesterday revealed the awful conditions of Islamia UP Government Primary School in Sutrapur of Old Dhaka. Four other schools in the same area are in no better state.

August 19, 2015
August 19, 2015


The primary education authorities – especially the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) and the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME) – must be busily preparing for the Primary Education Completion Examination (PECE) or Shomaponi to be held in November.

July 9, 2015
July 9, 2015

We hope that we will be able to help Bangladesh realise its full potential: Robert D. Watkins

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Star, Robert D. Watkins, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Bangladesh talks to Amitava Kar about some development ideas for Bangladesh.