March 13, 2019 (BSS) – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today called
upon all not to exert additional pressure on the tender-hearted children for
studying instead of giving them education with joy.
“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 and without having fear,” she said while
inaugurating the National Primary Education Week, 2019 at Bangabandhu
International Conference Center here.
She requested all the guardians and teachers for not indiscriminately
asking the children for ‘study’, ‘study’ and ‘study’ as they can be losing
their interest in learning and getting frightened of it, saying, “All should
help the children to flourish their usual 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 also said.
Speaking 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.
Sheikh 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 Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Md Zakir
Hossain presided over the function while its secretary Md. Akram-Al-Hossain
gave the welcome address.
Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Primary and
Mass Education and former Minister Mostafizur Rahman spoke on the occasion.
A video presentation on progress and success regarding primary education
in the country was also screened at the function.
The premier also distributed medals and certificates among the recipients
of ‘Primary Education Padak ‘, in 19 categories and students of primacy
schools for securing first, second and third position in the cultural and
sports competitions in 15 categories.
Director general (DG) of Directorate of Primary Education Dr AFM Manzur
Kadir moderated the medal and certificate distributing part of the function.