JS panel asks ministry to finalise edn law draft in 15 daysStaff Correspondent
The parliamentary stating committee on the education ministry on Tuesday recommended that the authorities concerned should finalise the draft of the proposed education law in 15 days for its passage in the next parliament session.
The next session will begin on September 12, according to the parliament secretariat.
The parliamentary panel has also recommended that the education ministry should monitor the final exams results of mathematics for Class IX students.
This year, Class IX students are facing creative type question in the subject and they all performed poorly in the half-yearly exams held in July.
The guardians concerned have submitted a memorandum to the standing committee seeking deferral of the newly introduced creative questions in mathematics by a year.
The standing committee made the recommendations at a meeting the committee chairman, Rashed Khan Menon, presided over. The education minister, Nurual Islam Nahid, and committee members, whip Mirza Azam, Md Shah Alam and Mamataj Begum attended.
‘Some teachers met us Monday and wished to propose some changes in the draft. The education ministry has been asked to take steps to finalise the draft accommodating opinions of teachers in 15 days,’ Rashed Khan Menon told New Age after the meeting.
Menon said that the ministry had been asked to monitor the final exams results of mathematics for Class IX and take steps to complete the training of teachers in the subject.
Leaders of school and college teachers’ associations are, meanwhile, demanding changes in some provisions of the draft law that are against the dignity of teachers.
The education ministry on August 7 posted the draft law on its web site for public scrutiny till August 25.
The draft education law 2013 proposes up to five years’ jail or hefty fine for running institutions not being registered. It also bars schools from screening children or charging fees for admission to Class I.
It stipulates that offenders will need to face three months in jail or a fine of Tk 10,000 for meting out corporal or mental punishment to students.
All universities will need to follow government directives or get consent from the authorities concerned to set tuition and other fees. The government will form a regulatory commission in this direction.
The law also proposes that English-medium schools should include Bangla and Bangladesh studies in their curriculums.
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