Prof Imran Rahman, former vice-chancellor of University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), has said that the private universities themselves should decide whether to accept General Education Development (GED) for admission to their courses.
“We are scrapping GED at a time when these certificates are being accepted all over the world. I do not know why this is happening. Do we consider our universities better than those in the US?” he said.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has recently decided that GED would not be acceptable for entry into university courses in Bangladesh.
He said the new GED curriculum includes four tests— reasoning through language arts, mathematical reasoning, science and social science.
“The GED curriculum has recently been updated and perhaps the government officials are not aware of it,” Prof Imran said.
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He, however, said the UGC could have discussed the matter with the Association of Private Universities of Bangladesh before making the decision.
“Not all GED holders are low qualified. We have experience to evaluate them in classes and they have to study the same as the HSC holders in the universities. The universities should decide on accepting GED or not,” he said.
`No public universities accept GED certificates, why should the private ones do so?’
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UGC Chairman Prof Abdul Mannan said GED program was introduced in the USA especially for the black and underprivileged people who could not continue to study.
“GED was introduced after the World War II, especially during the Vietnam War, as many people who returned from battleground could not continue study. Later, it became popular in other countries of the world,” he said.
Prof Mannan further said: “The UGC has decided not to allow the GED certificates during university admission as the subjects and duration of the course do not match with our regular program [HSC]. There is no board to evaluate this.
“Since no public universities accept GED certificates then why should the private ones do so?
“We want all of our private universities be high standard like the public universities,” said the UGC chief.