Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said this at the inauguration of National Primary Education Week 2019
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed her serious concern over the ongoing written admission test system for class one in primary schools; and has labelled it the "mental torture" of children.
She said: "This is completely unnecessary…this system has to be scrapped, I am asking the ministry officials to look into the matter because this is a type of psychological pressure on the children."
The prime minister said this while inaugurating National Primary Education Week 2019 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) on Wednesday.
She said that in some schools, there is a system of admission tests, for Class 1, where printed question papers are served and children write the answers accordingly.
Sheikh Hasina mentioned that there should be an area-based admissions system and primary schools should admit local children of the appropriate age.
She also advocated for not excessively pressuring students; as they should be allowed to gain their education through pleasure, smiling, and playing.
“Children may lose interest in education if extra pressure is placed on them,” she said.
She also said extra pressure on the children might put fear of education on their minds.
“I will request teachers and guardians to remain careful in this regard,” she added.
She also criticized some guardians for their involvement in competition for their children.
“Sometimes the competition among guardians takes a serious turn. This is sickening. All children are born with equal merit…all have to cooperate with children so that they can learn their lessons in their own way,” she remarked.
The prime minister said that there is a section of people who think that without having English in the class, lessons will remain unfinished and stated that it is a wrong thing.
She mentioned that the government has paid special attention to modernizing the primary education system.
The prime minister described various steps of the government that include: free textbook distribution, the provision of a midday meal, the provision of a stipend, and nationalization of primary schools, to develop education.State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Ministry Md Zakir Hossen, Parliamentary Standing Committee on Primary and Mass Education Ministry Mustafizur Rahman and Secretary Md Akram-Al-Hossain also spoke at the event.
A video containing the progress and success in primary education of Bangladesh was screened at the program.
Marking National Primary Education Week, Sheikh Hasina also presented awards to the winners of different categories.