Plan: Primary education upto VIII standard

The primary draft, with the recommendations of extending the primary education level upto class VIII with a public examination at end, prepared by the Education Policy Formulation Committee is going to complete its primary draft within July 10. 42 concerned organisations will hold the discussion with the committee, for the required opinions and suggestions on the draft after the deadline and the draft polciy will be placed before the government on completion of the discussions. Quazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Co-Chairman of the committee disclosed the above information at a symposiumon 'Learning from neighbours: The trajectory of educational progress' at a city hotel. He described that all mediums, general, madrasa and English, regardless of types of education system and education institutes, will have to study several subjects in the primary level to have better understanding about certain things of the country.

He informed that the subjects are Bangla, Mathematics, Basic Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Environment and Bangladesh Studies. Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) in association with Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS) and Institute of Educational Development, Brac University organised the symposium. The two-day symposium will be focused on pre-university education in Thailand. On the primary education, the co-chairman said there are about 11 types of primary education in the country that perpetuates disparity in society. Emphasising the need for vocational education, Kholiquzzaman mentioned that basic ICT and pre-vocational training will be introduced in class VI. He added that English would be made mandatory from class III. The co-chairman also said the policy will have some special clauses for those areas where education is lagging behind.