Nat\'l Primary Education Week
Don’t create extra pressure on children for study: PM
Scrap class I entry test, avoid unhealthy competition
Published : Thursday, 14 March, 2019 at 12:00 AM Count : 595
Nat'l Primary Education Week
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday urged the guardians, teachers not to put the tender-hearted children under pressure for study.
She made the call while inaugurating the National Primary Education Week, 2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.
The Prime Minister said, "Additional pressure shouldn't be exerted on children for studying. It should be taken care of by all that the children can study amid cheerfulness and playfulness.
If the children are exerted additional pressure for study, they will lose interest in study and will be
frightened of it, she said.
Sheikh Hasina asked the teachers and guardians to refrain from exerting additional pressure on the children.
She termed the competition among the parents of the tender-hearted students 'an unhealthy competition' as all students are not of the same merit.
In the function, the Prime Minister asked all concerned to scrap class one entry examination and suggested making area-wise proper arrangement for admission of children.
"It is seen that for admission to a school for class one, a child has to sit for exam and to answer a printed question paper. If the child could answer the question why the kid should go to the school? The process must be scrapped," she said.
The function was chaired by State Minister for Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Md Zakir Hossain while Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Primary and Mass Education and former Minister Mostafizur Rahman and the Ministry Secretary Md. Akram-Al-Hossain spoke on the occasion.
A video presentation on the progress and success regarding primary education in the country was also screened at the function.
The Prime Minister also distributed medals and certificates among the recipients of 'Primary Education Padak,' in 19 categories and students of primary schools for securing first, second and third positions in the cultural and sports competitions in 15 categories.
Director General (DG) of the Directorate of Primary Education Dr AFM Manzur Kadir moderated the medal and certificate distribution segment of the function.
In the programme, Sheikh Hasina said, in order to ensure quality primary education of all children, currently the fourth primary education programme [2018-2023] has been implemented with a budget of Tk 38.40 crore.
She said her government appointed around 45,000 teachers in the last ten years. The post of head teachers has been upgraded to Second Class while assistant teachers' salary scale has been upgraded."
Due to relentless efforts and sincerity of the AL government, the literacy rates rose to 73 per cent from 45 per cent in the last 10 years, she added.
The Prime Minister said her government has successfully implemented some new steps, including introduction of 'pre-primary class' while recruitment of 26,000 teachers is under process for pre-primary classes in the nationalized primary schools.
She laid stress on physical, mental, social, aesthetic and emotional developments of the students.
Pointing to the teachers, Sheikh Hasina said, "You are the nation builders. You will have to be an ideal person because the innocent kids follow you. If someone does errors or commits crime, there is less impact of that on the children, but if a teacher commits wrong then its impact is serious on them.".