Education minister’s announcement comes days after High Court ruled in this regard
The government has decided to appoint counsellors or clinical psychologists in all the educational institutions across the country, says Education Minister Dipu Moni.
Speaking at a discussion organised by Bangladesh Education Reporters' Forum in Dhaka on Thursday, she said they initially aim to appoint a male and female counsellor in every district and upazila, reports Bangla Tribune.
"Gradually it will be increased to two counsellors at every educational institution," Dipu said, before adding that the government will arrange training for teachers to counsel their students.
Despite many achievements, the challenge for the government now is ensuring quality education, said the minister.
"Quality education ensures a student not only good grades, but also that he becomes a good citizen and [mental] health is a key factor for it," she added.
Dipu Moni’s remarks came after the High Court issued a rule last week, asking the government why it should not be ordered to appoint counsellors or clinical psychologists in all educational institutions of the country.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman and secretaries to the ministries of education, public administration, health, and primary and mass education, and the director general of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education were ordered to respond to the rule.
The ruling came after a Supreme Court lawyer moved the court with a petition, which said it was the state’s responsibility to adopt effective measures to ensure education and health care for the citizens.
Advocate Farhad Uddin Ahmed Bhuiyan on November 24, 2019 had filed the petition with the High Court Division, seeking its order over recruitment of clinical psychologists in all educational institutions.
According to the petition, reluctance of recruiting a clinical psychologist and counsellor in all educational institutions, is contradictory to the Article 17 (ka, kha), 18 (1, 2) and Article 32 of the constitution.
It added that every citizen of Bangladesh has the right to get proper education and health service and the state should take effective measures to ensure it.
However, drug abuse, suicide attempts, sexual harassment, moral degradation, reckless lifestyle and inattentiveness in study are widespread and increasing alarmingly among students. That is why psychologists and counsellors are needed in every educational institution, said the petition.