By Mizan Rahman/Dhaka
Referring to the recent agitation by various sections of teachers over various demands, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said it will not be possible to realise any demand by putting pressure on the government.
“If anyone thinks it’s the last year of the government, and we (government) will fulfil all the demands they’re placing that’s wrong. I don’t care about power. It matters little to me whether I’ll be there in power or not,” she said.
The prime minister was addressing an ‘Education Rally’ arranged by the National University at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in Dhaka. Some 2,040 principals of the colleges under National University from across the country joined the rally.
PM Hasina said the government gives the highest importance to education and has taken many steps for the sector since it assumed office in 1996.
“Anyone didn’t need to go for any agitation and place demands in this regard since then. You (teachers) can keep trust in the Awami League as it didn’t deprive anyone of his or her rights and won’t do either as long as it’s in power. I’ll just say nobody can realise anything exerting pressure on us,” she said, adding, “When we’re taking the country forward based on a policy, everything can’t be realised by creating unnecessary pressure.”
Talking about quality education, Hasina said now many persons say that the quality of education is not being maintained. “But there is question here how the standard is measured. Improving the standard is a matter of continuation.”
She stressed the need for having time-befitting curricula in line with the changing world and urged the teachers to formulate that with a focus on technological education.
Describing teachers as the architects of the nation, she said they will have to think what kind of human beings they are creating through providing lessons as the future of the country and the nation.
The prime minister said the mindset of the teachers and those prepare curricula will have to be modern as well to take the country forward keeping consistency with the fast changing world.
About the National University (NU), Hasina said there is no session jam at the NU and it also published academic calendar for up to 2021. “Now most NU activities are being conducted with the use of information technology.”
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