Claiming that the standard of education in Bangladesh is low, the educationists said a rise in pass rates in public exams does not necessarily mean quality education has been provided
Educationists on Monday urged the government to emphasize on providing quality education, instead of highlighting pass rates and GPA-5 scores obtained by students in public examinations.
This year, about 82.20% of test takers at the SSC and equivalent examinations have passed, while 4.96% achieved GPA-5.
Claiming that the standard of education in Bangladesh is low, the educationists said a rise in pass rates in public exams does not necessarily mean quality education has been provided.
Bangladesh University of Science and Technology (Buet) Professor Mohammad Kaykobad said the existing grading system of the country needs to be changed, so that the specific merits of those who achieved GPA-5 can be identified.
“A proper evaluation system will improve the quality of education and help identify the students’ merits, which will benefit the nation,” the teacher said.
He also suggested the introduction of scores above GPA-5, to ensure that the 105,000 students who achieved the score continue to be challenged.
This year, 2,187,815 students -1,068,527 boys and 1,059,288 girls - participated in the SSC and equivalent examinations under 10 education boards of the country. Among them, 105,594 students obtained GPA-5, which is 5,000 less than that in the previous year. The percentage of GPA-5 achievers stands at 4.96% in 2019, down from 5.46% in 2018.
Dhaka University English professor Syed Manzoorul Islam said coaching centres had made a business out of education, and they hampered the skill development of students by making them memorize answers instead of teaching them.
“A huge number of students are getting GPA-5 every year, but the majority of them cannot pass university entrance exams because of their poor English. Even though they got GPA-5, they appear to have the knowledge of fifth graders,” he added.
He called upon the government to focus on providing quality education, so that students do not depend on memorization and actually learn something.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who is currently in the UK, congratulated the students who had passed the SSC and equivalent examinations, expressed hope that the students would use their brilliance and intelligence to become worthy citizens capable of running the country.