Quality Primary Education is in shambles

MD. MASUM BILLAH Over 60 years ago, the United Nations produced a noble document—the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Article 26 of the Declaration addresses education. The document contains commitments to education for all. Education is the right of every citizen. That every citizen is obliged to enroll in primary education and the government should try for this education and that government must provide a national education allocating a reasonable amount of national budget. “Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages.” It is interesting to note that the United Nations...

The Rationale behind the Strike of Government Primary School Teachers

MD. MASUM BILLAH   No sooner had eighty thousand teachers of twenty thousand registered non-government primary schools left the street than the government primary school teachers occupied the street. Thanks to the leaders of primary school teachers for selecting a very technical and strategic time to press home their demands. If the present regime gets back to power they will forget the demands of about two lakh teachers. The opposition will behave in the same tone if comes to power. So, present  is the proper time to squeeze anything from the political parties.Living in the age of Universal Primary Education it goes...

Concept of Educational Evaluation and Assessment

GOUTAM ROY What is the difference between the terms ‘Evaluation’ and ‘Assessment’? Before going to the question, it should be asked that is there really a difference between those. Many academicians think that the main character of the terms is same, just those are used in different situation. On the other hand, lots of people consider those as independent term which have different and unique character. So, a debate is existed in the academic area. I was searching the difference between the terms for long time and recently get two definitions from two sources. I also think the following two definitions...

List of Competencies in Mathematics for primary education of Bangladesh

There are total nine terminal competency fixed for primary education of Bangladesh which are given below.29. To gain basic ideas of numeracy and to be able to make use of numbers. 30. To able listening, speaking, reading and writing numerical and sequential terms. 31. To know four fundamental operation and to be able to use them. 32. To identify different shapes of environmental geographical elements and able to use it. 33. To know and to use the units of money, length, weight, square measure, measurement and time. 34. To solve practical and informative simple problems by using mathematical techniques. 35. To collect information form environment and...

Student Politics in Bangladesh: An Impact on Quality Assurance in Education and National Development

GAZI MAHBUBUL ALAM and MIRJA MOHAMMAD SHAHJAMAL Abstract: Student politics is one of ignored areas in international scholarly debate. In the late 1960’s to early 70’s, some authors made some contributions in the context of South America and Africa. In 1968, Altabach also made a very little contribution on Indian student politics. The Institutions of HE (Higher Education) in southern Asia is experiencing a high volume of student politics and teacher politics. People often make link between teacher politics and students while they talk informally. As Academics of HE in Southern Asia who are mainly conduct research are also rigorously involve...

Unhealthy situation in Education Sector

MD. MASUM BILLAH Since the education determines how strong the backbone of a nation is , it receives the top most priority in many developing countries of the world.Bangladesh bears no exception in this regard. The budget allocated for education for the year 2004-2005 proves the highest amount like the past several  years. This year it amounts to 7680 crore taka .But how far the amount of budget commensurates with the standard, quality and overall development in education sector still evokes question. Just raising the rate of literacy does not necessary indicate the massive development in the education sector. Education must be...

List of subjectwise competencies in Mathematics for primary education of Bangladesh

There are total 37 subjectwise competencies found for mathematics subject. National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) has made those subjectwise competencies. The total 37 competencies for mathematics are given below. 1. To count any kind of numerous objects.2. To count up to crore numbers.3. To identify 0 to 9 numerical digits.4. To read up to crore numbers.5. To write up to crore numbers.6. To identify roman numerical digits up to twelve.7. To estimate place value which are used in numbers (up to crore).8. To arrange number (up to crore) in order.9. To read, write and use of sequential numbers (up to...

The 53 terminal competencies for primary education of Bangladesh

Bangladesh has entered to competency-based education in 1992. National curriculum and textbook board or NCTB made 53 terminal competencies for primary grade. It is hoped that students will be able to achieve those competencies after completing primary education. The competencies had been reviewed at 2000 and now it is 50 in number. The 53 terminal competencies at the stage of primary education of Bangladesh are given below. 1. To place unflinching trust in the oneness of Allah, the Almighty creator and Custodian of the universe.2. To feel grateful to Allah for His infinite mercy and to express such gratefulness by remembering...

Battle for Admission into Schools

MD. MASUM BILLAH A timely editorial has appeared in a leading English daily reflecting the problems of admission into schools in the city of Dhaka. As I work in this line, let me say something more about the issue. Dhaka city experiences tough admission battle during this season. The metropolitan city witnesses the influx of population from rural and muffasshial areas to share the more civic amenities comparing to other towns and areas though these pose to be very limited. Again being the nerve center of all administrative and commercial affairs Dhaka city must make avenues for more population. Now it...

Classification of the 53 terminal competencies fixed for primary level of education of Bangladesh

The 53 terminal competencies fixed for primary education was catagorized by Education Watch group according to the Bloom's taxonomy are given below. It is found from the table that same number of the competencies came from both cognitive and psychomotor domains. However, there are some competencies found made by the combination of several domains. Domain Competencies (serial no.) Number Cognitive 19, 25, 26, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 38, 50, 52, 53 13 Affective 1, 4, 7, 16, 36, 37 6 Psychomotor 5, 6, 8, 12, 13, 17, 18, 34, 35, 44, 45, 46, 47 13 Cognitive+Affective 15, 23, 49 3 Cognitive+Psychomotor 3, 9, 10, 11, 21, 22, 24, 27, 39, 40, 48 11 Affective+Psychomotor 2, 14, 20, 42,...

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