PM against serving printed question papers to first graders

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday called upon all not to exert additional pressure on the children for studying instead of giving them education with joy, reports BSS.

“Additional pressure shouldn’t be put on tender-hearted children for studying. It should be taken care by all that the children can get education amid cheerfulness and play without having any fear,” she said while inaugurating the National Primary Education Week, 2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital.

She requested all the guardians and teachers for not indiscriminately asking the children for ‘study’ as they can lose their interest in learning and getting frightened of it, saying, “All should help the children to flourish their natural talents.”

“In many countries children are sent to schools at the age of seven, but in Bangladesh children are being sent at their tender ages. So, the guardians and teachers should be more careful about giving additional pressure on them,” she said.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina hands over an award of ‘Primary Education Padak’ to a student at a programme at the inauguration of the National Primary Education Week-2019 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka on Wednesday. Photo: PIDSpeaking about her referral of a child to a school for admission, she said that the school authorities gave the child a printed question paper to answer. The prime minister posed a question saying, if the child could answer the question why the kid should go to the school?

The premier asked all concerned to cancel the procedure of giving printed question papers to class one students and suggested making area-wise proper arrangement for admission of children.

Hasina also asked the guardians to refrain themselves from getting involved in unhealthy competition about their children’s future and said in many cases it has been witnessed that there is no competition among the children but it exists among the guardians.

State minister for primary and mass education agffairs Md Zakir Hossain presided over the function while its secretary Md. Akram-Al-Hossain gave the welcome address.

Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on the ministry and former minister Mostafizur Rahman also spoke on the occasion.

A video presentation on progress and success regarding primary education in the country was also screened at the function.

The prime minister also distributed medals and certificates among the recipients of ‘Primary Education Padak ‘, in 19 categories and students of primary schools for securing first, second and third position in the cultural and sports competitions in 15 categories.

News by: Prothom Alo