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Int’l Mother Language Institute bill placed in parliament

  • Published at 12:59 am July 12th, 2019
File photo of an ongoing session inside the Bangladesh Parliament Syed Zakir Hossain/Dhaka Tribune

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni placed the amendment bill before the House on July 11

The International Mother Language Institute (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was placed in parliament on Thursday, aiming to make the International Mother Language Institute more active.

Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni placed the bill before the House with Deputy Speaker Fazle Rabbi Miah in chair, BSS reported.

Placing the bill, the education minister said the itwould amend the existing law, whichwas enacted in 2010.

She said the proposed bill was formed as per the agreement signed between the government and Unesco in 2016.

As per the agreement, the member secretary of the institute’s board of directors will be the director of the institute. At present, the director-general is the head and member secretary of the board of directors, which creates a conflict of interest, according to the proposal.

The cabinet approved the draft of the International Mother Language Institute (Amendment) Bill on December 3, 2018.

The proposed bill recommends forming a six-member board of directors with the education minister or his/her representative as the chairman of the board.

A representative of Bangladesh National Commission for Unesco will be secretary general of the board.

The rest of the board will include primary and mass education secretary, cultural affairs secretary, nominated representatives from Unesco member states, and a representative nominated by the Unesco director general.

Opposition lawmaker Fakhrul Imam raised objection to the proposed bill, but it was made void with voice votes.

The education minister urged the House to send the bill to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Education for further scrutiny within two weeks.