The education bill will be finalized on June 23

Education Minister Dipu Moni told parliament on Sunday that the education bill would be finalized on June 23.

In response to a question from Jatiya Shameem party legislator Haider Patwari, the minister said that after finalizing the bill, it would be sent to the Cabinet Division for approval.

The Ministry of Education took the initiative to prepare an education law in accordance with the Education Policy 2010. The policy recommended the formulation of a law for proper implementation of the policy.

He also instructed a subcommittee of the Education Policy Implementation Committee to draft legislation on January 26, 2011.

In December 2016, the Ministry of Education sent an Education Bill to the Cabinet Division. But it was taken up following huge criticism as the ministry legitimized coaching and tutoring in the name of ‘shadow education’.

According to the education bill, it will contain a provision prohibiting the printing, publication and marketing of workbooks and guides.

The bill stipulates that teachers will not be able to give private lessons to students from their own establishments. It also aims to ban corporal punishment for schoolchildren and mental torture by teachers.

According to the officials, the bill makes the printing, publishing and marketing of notebooks and guidebooks punishable by imprisonment for up to three years or a fine of up to Tk 5 lakh or both.

It also stipulates that if a teacher forces students at his institution to buy notebooks and guides, action will be taken against him.

However, the government will only authorize the publication of supplementary works and educational aid works after approval by the authorities concerned.

If a teacher in an educational institution forces students to buy extra books and educational aid books, it will be considered misconduct and disciplinary action will be taken against them, the bill says. .

Minister of State for Primary and Mass Education, Zakir Hossen, told parliament that day that there were 5,626 dilapidated primary school buildings in the country.

In response to a question from the ruling Awami League legislator, Mamunur Rashid, he said the government had taken steps to develop infrastructure in the dilapidated public primary school buildings.

According to sources available on different websites, the total number of public primary schools is around 65,000.

Responding to a question from the ruling Awami League legislator, M Abdul Latif, the Minister of Education said that the government had taken steps to establish 10 public secondary schools near the capital to reduce the pressure on students in schools in Dhaka.

These schools will be in Keraniganj, Purbachal, Jalkuri, Nabinagar, Dhamrai, Hemayetpur, Joarsahara, Santarkul, Ashulia and Chittagong Road.

In response to a question from Jatiya Party MP Mujibul Haque, Dipu Moni said the government would take necessary measures to address the problem of indiscriminately setting high tuition fees in private universities.

“The University Grants Commission already collects and reviews the fee structure of all private universities,” she added.

Responding to a question from AL lawmaker Nizam Uddin Hazari, Minister of State for Primary and Mass Education Zakir Hossen said the ongoing school feeding program would end on June 30.

“A feasibility study has been initiated to undertake new projects in this direction. After the completion of the feasibility study, a new project will be adopted for school feeding for students in government primary schools across Bangladesh in light of the recommendations,” he added.

Responding to a question from AL lawmaker Mamunur Rashid, Dipu Moni said that educational institutions that are not registered with DFO would be considered for DFO registration.

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