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PM: Teach children ethics, values

  • Published at 06:38 pm September 8th, 2016
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PM: Teach children ethics, values
"It is your (teachers) duty to impart the knowledge of good and bad, justice and injustice, and brotherhood to students and thus build such a generation which would be fit for leading the country towards greater prosperity," she added. The prime minister said this while speaking at the opening ceremony of a programme, marking the International Literacy Day 2016 with Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman Fizar in the chair at Osmani Memorial Auditorium in the capital on Thursday, reports UNB. She also called upon all to take initiatives so that Bangladesh could be declared an illiteracy-free country soon on this very day with the global theme 'Education for the 21st Century.' Apart from the global theme, the day in Bangladesh is being celebrated with its own theme 'Reading the Past, Writing the Future.' Reminding the students that the country has gained its independence through the Liberation War, she said the students would have to learn the real history of the Liberation War and the huge sacrifices made by millions of martyrs. She advised them to learn their lessons with due attention. "Books are not only meant for showcasing...those will have to be gone through with a deep attention so that all students can lead a better life in future and take the country ahead." Hasina said her government had declared education a right and now the nation was on its way towards enlightenment from the darkness of illiteracy. The premier said the country had now achieved around 71 per cent literacy rate and her government had been implementing various programmes to raise the rate further. She blasted the BNP-Jamaat government, as the literacy rate came down to 44 per cent from 65 per cent during their rule in 2001-2006. Hasina said her government in 2013 had nationalised some 26,193 private primary schools and the jobs of some 1,08,200 teachers. She says the enrollment rate at the primary level in December 2015 was 97.94 per cent while the dropout now stands at 20.04 per cent. "There is a target to further reduce the dropout rate," she added. Hasina renewed her call for the people of all classes, including the well-off section, to arrange midday meals in the schools which remained out of the midday meal initiatives to reduce the dropout rates. Listing various steps of her government for flourishing education, Hasina said some 193 crore free textbooks were distributed among students up to secondary level over the last seven years, while students are also receiving stipends, easing financial burden on their guardians. She reiterated that residential schools will be built in hilly and haor areas to facilitate academic activities there. Acting Secretary of Primary and Mass Education Ministry Md Asif-uz-Zaman delivered the welcome speech at the function, jointly organised by the ministry and the Bureau of Non-Formal Education.