Dhaka, Bangladesh
Quality primary edn a must

Editorial

Quality primary edn a must

There is no denying the fact that the standard of education in our country at both primary and secondary levels is abysmally poor, but we remain complacent simply with the quantity of education or in terms of expansion across the country. According to the Education Watch Report 2018 –19, prepared by Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE), 55 per cent of English and Mathematics teachers in schools are not specifically trained to teach these important subjects. The situation is more appalling when it comes to the report revealing 75 per cent teachers teaching Physics without training, 78 per cent teachers teaching General Science without proper training at secondary level. It is frustrating that most of the teachers depend on the guidebooks instead of the government- approved textbooks because they can readily access the answers therein. This is how an untrained teacher teaches a subject without taking proper care of the students. This type of teacher is not at all aware of standard teaching- learning activities. It is good that the distribution of new books free of cost in the beginning of every year is done but only this cannot improve the standard of education. The authorities concerned care little about teachers’ training. The authorities concerned claim that they have successfully introduced two examinations—PEC and JSC—at primary and secondary levels. As these two examinations seem to be unnecessary, inappropriate and redundant, there is strong opposition from the leading educationists and intellectuals to scrap such examinations. But the government is yet to cancel these examinations. Centering these exams, a powerful syndicate of publishers controlling the guidebook trade has mushroomed over the years. A section of teachers are allegedly involved in this trade. Some teachers are involved in coaching business which makes the lives of our children difficult. Without a strong base in primary education the children will not be able to cope with the future challenges and keep pace with the challenges in higher education. The quality education depends on the quality teachers whose number is very small in our schools. Now it is, therefore, imperative to rejig the entire education system with special emphasis on primary education which is the most critical level where the children need to be nurtured very carefully. The children will turn out to be skilled human resources only when they get proper and quality education with the skills required in the 21st century. The students must be taught the qualities of critical thinking, problem solving, team-building, tolerance, integrity and empathy and so on to be worthy citizens in future.

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