OPINION Reforms In Curriculum

17 January 2021

From the next 2022 academic year, radical changes are coming in the textbooks. The National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) has started intensive refinement work in this regard. According to the new curriculum, 10 subjects will be taught in ninth-tenth class. SSC examinations will be held on five subjects in Bengali, English, Mathematics, Science and Social Sciences. The other five topics are religion and moral education, life and livelihood, digital technology, well-being and art and culture. As per the recommendation of NCTB, these will be taught only in class and there will be continuous assessment, no test will be taken. There will be no department. Similar changes have been made in the textbook without any examination from first to 3rd class. Instead of examinations, the primary has also been given a system of continuous evaluation.
There has been a mixed reaction in the public mind as Islam and moral education have been dropped from the SSC exams. Some say that in order to implement secular education policy, the NCTB authorities have shown contempt for religious issues. The NCTB authorities, however, are reluctant to accept the allegations. They are talking about making religious education more up-to-date. Schools and madrassas have been closed since March 17 due to the global epidemic. But with the recent reopening of Qawmi madrassas and the closure of schools, hundreds of school-going students have been admitted to the madrassas. The parents have chosen the madrasa for the time being considering the uncertain future of the child. In addition to Arabic, Bengali, English, Mathematics, etc. are taught in the Madrasas on a limited scale (up to the eighth grade as far as I know).
Due to this many guardians already had a weakness towards madrasas. The closure of schools and reopening of madrasas has increased the attraction of those parents towards madrasas. The condition of the parents' pockets is not going well due to the corona. Meanwhile, the level of juvenile delinquency has also increased in the country. The parent-society is desperate to awaken a sense of humanity in the child's mind. They think the curriculum, which combines religious subjects with conventional subjects at a low cost and in one package, is excellent. They are taking the package. Thousands of Qaumi students are setting up madrasas without completing their studies and not getting job opportunities. Madrasas are increasing, school-students are decreasing.
Many school-students were not found when it came to distributing assignments up to sixth-ninth grade and lesson-plans up to first-fifth grade. Many of school-students dropped out during the corona period. In such a situation, the NCTB and the concerned authorities should realise the including of moral education in the schools and make religious subjects compulsory in SSC and make the students-parents school oriented.

Mahtab Uddin M.A.
Headmaster, Prime Star Academy
Sreepur, Gazipur.

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