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Dipu Moni: Teaching methods need to change to tackle future challenges

  • Published at 06:07 pm June 16th, 2019
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Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni speaks at the inaugural ceremony of STEP Skills Development Competition-2018 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Sunday, June 16, 2019 Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

The minister also emphasized on adopting labour market-oriented curriculum for a better result in technical education

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni has said, the existing teaching methodology in Bangladesh needs to be changed to help build a competent, and skilled manpower, especially to tackle future challenges.

Citing several changes brought to primary, and secondary education as pledged in the election manifesto, she said: “We also know that teaching technique needs to change, for which we are preparing.”

The minister stated it while addressing, as chief guest, the inaugural ceremony of STEP Skills Development Competition-2018 at the Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Sunday. 

The government has been implementing the Skills and Training Enhancement Project (STEP) since 2010, which is jointly being funded by Bangladesh and Canadian governments, and the World Bank. The project is scheduled to end next December.  

“We started bringing some changes in higher education, and as its first step, the Accreditation Council Act 2017 was passed to improve the standard of education, and pave the way to gain recognition,” she added.   

“We feel that infrastructural development is not enough for technical education; rather it is mandatory to appoint and train the necessary number of teachers, and trainers,” she further said.

Emphasizing on adopting labour market-oriented curriculum for a better result in technical education, the minister recommended building awareness for a positive social mindset about this form of education, and its acceptability in the job market.   

According to her, Bangladesh still lacks the labour market information system, something that may greatly help the country understand what kind of job or skill is in demand at home or abroad. 

Recalling that the rate of technical education has jumped from 1% in 2009 to around 15% currently, Dipu Moni said: “The government has planned to raise the figure to 20% and 30% by 2020 and 2030 respectively.”

Technical Education Directorate Director General Rawnak Mahmud said, they are updating the curriculum considering the demand in the job market, but challenges are still there.

Technical education will play a crucial role in the country’s inclusive growth, with Bangladesh implementing massive development works in light of the vision-2021, and 2041, and to achieve the sustainable development goals, he hoped.

The event was addressed among others by Election Commission Secretary Md Alamgir and STEP Director ABM Azad.