Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Tuesday, September 29, 2020 11:19:23 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Nat'l Education Day Textbook Should Have Environment Context

Prof. Dr. Ahmad Kamruzzaman Majumder

  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Save
  • E-mail
  • Print
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Like other countries in the world, all educational institutions in Bangladesh remain closed since March 18, 2020 as a strategy to protect students from the deadly attack of coronavirus. During this long hiatus, the entire education system is facing difficulties. Schools, colleges and universities are currently operating all over the world in various temporary ways using virtual platforms. But questions have been raised about online learning and its effectiveness. After being closed for almost two months, Bangladesh government has decided to reopen all offices-courts, factories and public transport from May 31 on the condition of complying with health rules and ensuring social distance. Now the most talked about issue at various levels is, when will the situation improve to reopening of educational institutions? In such a situation, "National Education Day" is being celebrated all over the country on 16th September.
Dictator Ayub Khan on 30 December 1958 formed an education commission called the Sharif Commission under the leadership of SM Sharif. The report on education proposed by the Education Commission on 26 August 1959 was in favor of education contraction.The proposed report said that the misconception that education can be obtained cheaply should be abandoned. The report, which is divided into 27 chapters with proposals to increase students' tuition fees in secondary and higher education, makes detailed recommendations on general, vocational education, teacher context, and medium of instruction, textbooks, font problems, administration, funding, education goals and objectives from primary to higher levels. However, Ayub Khan's education contraction policy framework, education is divided into three levels --- primary, secondary and higher. It is proposed to have 5 years primary, 6 years secondary and 3 years higher degree courses and 2 years postgraduate courses. The pass marks are considered as 50 per cent, 60 per cent for the second class and 70 per cent for the first class as a means of preservation of higher education for the affluent class.
The commission proposed to establish full government control instead of autonomy in universities, ban politics in colleges and universities, keep a close watch on the activities of students and teachers, and provide 15 hours hard work for teachers. Ayub government accepted the recommendations of this report and started implementing it from 1962. Various student organizations, including student unions, took a stand against Ayub's education policy. They formed small scale movements with various student organizations in 1959, 1960 and 1961 with an aim of building a stronghold.
A nationwide hartal was observed on 17 September 1962 under the leadership of Chhatra Sangram Parishad. Police in riot gear stormed a rally on Friday, removing hundreds of protesters by truck. According to the government alone, 59 people were arrested, 73 were injured and 3 were martyred. On that day, not only in Dhaka, but all over the country, the police attacked the procession. Wajiullah, Ghulam Mustafa, Ratul and many other men were martyred while fighting for fair and equal justice in education against the Pakistani regime of exploitation and policy of restriction of education. Since then, 16 September has been celebrated as National Education Day in Bangladesh in memory of the martyrs. That movement of 1962 still inspires the students of this country. More recently, we have seen the anti-VAT movement of private university students and the protest participation of students in the road safety movement of school children.
National Education Day is now observed every year across the country to ensure fair education for all. Movement for fair and equal right in education in 1962 has made it possible today to gain a commendable success in achieving gender equality in education. Almost 100% of girls are now going to school. The government has ensured that there is a need for a school environment for girls. Eighty percent female teachers are being recruited for primary school teaching. Bangladesh ranks 1s tin Southeast Asia in terms of women's participation in primary and secondary education.
According to the latest report of UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) in 2016, the literacy rate in Bangladesh has increased by 26.10 percent in the last 10 years and reached a record level of 72.8 percent. According to the Ministry of Education, the government has been implementing various projects since 2009 with the aim of enhancing skills and developing human resources. The government is working relentlessly to solve the problems in the education sector. Not only general education but also information technology education has improved a lot.
Given the current state of the environment in the world, we need to focus on the environmental education to avoid the impact on the economy. There is no substitute for education in the development of individual and national life.

(Professor Kamruzzaman Majumder is Dean, Faculty of Science, Chairman, Department of Environmental Science, Stamford University Bangladesh.
E-mail: kamrul_sub@hotmail.com).

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

WASA must ensure supply of clean water for Dhaka dwellers

THE level of mismanagement, inefficiency and corruption in WASA's handling of water supply and sewerage in the capital has been greatly exposed. Despite implementation of many projects costing hundreds of crores of taka over the years, Dhaka city dwellers in many areas are still living with dirty and foul-smelling water, ...

International »

Pompeo visits Greece in bid to ease East Med tensions

Al Jazeera News :US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has begun a two-day visit to Greece for talks aimed at de-escalating tensions in the eastern Mediterranean and setting the groundwork for dialogue between Athens and Ankara.The often-testy relations between Greece and neighbouring Turkey have deteriorated sharply this year, particularly over ...

Entertainment »

Indo-American Shree Saini in race for Miss World America pageant

Miss World America recently announced its 2020 contestants list. The 2020 Miss World America pageant will see Indian American Shree Saini. She is the chosen representative of Washington State. She is a survivor of heart surgery at age 12 for a pacemaker implant and she is a burns survivor. She ...

Editorial »

Observing Rivers Day while saving the water bodies from pollution

THE World Rivers Day on September 27, observed globally this year on the theme of 'waterways in our communities', left a question --- what is the condition of our rivers? Historically rivers play a vital role in human settlement in this delta with livelihood, communication, agricultural production. Rivers here viewed ...

City »

BIWTA Chairman Commodore Golam Sadeq speaks as Chief Guest at a photo exhibition on 100 rivers at Sadarghat Terminal on Sunday.

Editorial »

Registrar to get charge of VC in SAU not rational

DHAKA University Teachers' Association protested the decision of giving Sher-e-Bangla Agriculture University (SAU) registrar the charge of Vice-Chancellor of the university. Amid the deteriorating education quality for student politics, absence of academic integrity, teachers' involvement in administrative functions more than academic and their partisan politics, the decision of giving charge ...

International »

South Korea's domestic coronavirus cases fall to lowest in 44 days

Reuters, Seoul :South Korea on Saturday reported 49 new domestic coronavirus cases, the smallest number of locally transmitted cases in 44 days in a sign that tighter social distancing rules are paying off.Health officials reiterated calls on people to refrain from visiting their hometowns and meeting with relatives during the ...

International »

Lebanon PM-designate steps down

Al Jazeera News :Lebanon's prime minister-designate Mustapha Adib has announced his resignation after his efforts to line up a non-partisan cabinet ran into trouble, particularly over who would run the finance ministry.In a televised address on Saturday, Adib said he was stepping down from "the task of forming the government" ...

City »

Former State Minister for Information Prof Abu Sayeed speaks at the extended meeting of Gonoforum at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday demanding national unity for meaningful change.

City »

Chairman of Jatiya Ganotantrik Andolon Khokon Chowdhury speaks at the biennial conference of Trinamul NDM at the Jatiya Press Club on Saturday.

Entertainment »

Kazi Shoma coming with original song

Entertainment Report :Singer Kazi Shoma has been engaged with music for many days. She got praise for rendering songs in and outside the country. She has an inner want to render an original song. But she could not do it for various reasons. Before Corona pandemic she wanted to fulfil ...

Editorial »

EC can`t avert responsibility of criminal nexus that makes fake NIDs

THE Election Commission is struggling to check forgeries of National Identity Cards while it suspects that a group of voter registration officers and data entry operators are involved in the scam. Several probe teams formed on various occasions have found that people are forging NIDs to gain illegal benefits, including ...

Football »

Messi says Suarez deserved more from Barcelona in move to Atletico Madrid

BBC Online :Lionel Messi says Luis Suarez deserved a better send-off from Barcelona but that he is "no longer surprised" by the club's treatment of the striker.Suarez has joined Atletico Madrid after being told he was not in new Barca boss Ronald Koeman's plans.Earlier this month, Messi said he would ...

Entertainment »

Pori Moni to play Pritilata’s role in movie

Sheikh Arif Bulbon :Popular film actress Pori Moni has signed in to play the role of Pritilata Waddedar, who was the first Bengali revolutionary martyred woman in the Subcontinent. Affiliation of Pori Moni with the movie was announced on the death anniversary of Pritilata Waddedar on September 24.Golam Rabbani wrote ...

Editorial »

Corruption is no problem but giving too many extensions is bad

AKM Fazlullah, the 79-year-old Managing Director of Chattogram Water Supply and Sewerage Authority, is likely to get extension for another three-year term after serving the position for nine years.In 2009, Fazlullah was first appointed as the chairman of the CWASA, 11 years after he had gone into retirement as an ...

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news