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PM to teachers: Putting pressure on govt will not yield results

  • Published at 02:03 pm February 4th, 2018
  • Last updated at 01:50 am February 5th, 2018
PM to teachers: Putting pressure on govt will not yield results
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said it will not be possible to realize any demand by putting pressure on the government. The prime minister was addressing an "Education Rally" arranged by the National University at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Sunday. Indicating the recent movements by various sections of teachers, she said: "If anyone thinks it is the last year of the government, and we [govt] will fulfill all the demands they are placing that is wrong. "I do not care about power. It matters little to me whether I'll be there in power or not," she said. Some 2,040 principals of the colleges under National University from across Bangladesh joined the rally. Sheikh Hasina said her government gives highest importance to education and has taken many steps for the sector since it assumed office in 1996. She also said there was no need for such movements. She said: "You [teachers] can keep trust in Awami League as it did not deprive anyone of his or her rights and will not do it as long as we are in power. "I will just say nobody can realize anything exerting pressure on us," she added. The prime minister added: "When we are taking the country forward based on a policy, everything cannot be realized by creating unnecessary pressure." Talking about quality education, Sheikh Hasina said now many people say that the quality of education is not being maintained. But there is question here how the standard is measured. "Improving the standard is a matter of continuation." She stressed the need for having time-befitting curricula in line with the changing world and urged the teachers to formulate that with a focus on technological education. Describing teachers as the architects of the nation, she said they will have to think what kind of human beings they are creating through providing lessons as the future of Bangladesh and the nation. Mentioning that her government gives importance to modern and technology education, the prime minister said the mindset of the teachers and those prepare curricula will have to be modern as well to take Bangladesh forward keeping consistency with the fast changing world. She said the Awami League government has established many science and technology-based universities, including maritime university, 12 science and technology universities, Textile University and Fashion Design University. About the National University (NU), Sheikh Hasina said there is no session jam at the university and it also published academic calendar for up to 2021. Now most National University activities are being conducted with the use of information technology. Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid also spoke on the occasion, while National University Vice-Chancellor Dr Harun-or-Rashid delivered the welcome speech. Earlier, Sheikh Hasina handed over honorary mementos and prizes to principals of the best seven colleges selected on their performance ranking. The colleges are Rajshahi Government College, Government Adward College in Pabna, Government Karmichael College in Rangpur, Government Brojomohan College in Barisalm Bogra Government Azizul Haque College, Dhaka Commerce College and Siddheswari Girls' College in Dhaka. On the occasion, the prime minister also inaugurated Education Development Project involving Tk1,040 crore and laid the foundation stones of 10 new projects undertaken by the National University.