The 53 terminal competencies for primary education of Bangladesh

Bangladesh Education Article
Bangladesh Education Article
Written by Goutam Roy
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 Him in all deeds.
3. To know the life history of Hazarat Mohammed (peace be on him), the prophet of Allah and in case of the followers of other religions the life history of the preachers of their respective religions.
4. To love all creations of the Creator.
5. To show respect and tolerance to the followers of all religions.
6. To show respect to all irrespective of their sex, financial status occupation and lifestyle.
7. To be interested in manual work and to be respectful to people living on manual work.
8. To show respect and do duty towards parents, elders, neighbours and relatives.
9. To be aware of one’s own duties and responsibilities as a member of the family and to take part in household work.
10. To be aware of one’s own duties and responsibilities as a member of the society and to take part in social activities.

11. To be aware of one’s own duties and responsibilities as a citizen of Bangladesh and to discharge civic duties.
12. To allow others to express their opinions and to show respect for such opinions.
13. To play active part in combined decision-making about different programmes undertaken by the school.
14. To grow as a competent team leader and team member by performing duties and responsibilities with honesty and devotion.
15. To know and love the country.
16. To take pride in national tradition and culture (language, folksong, arts & crafts and eminent personalities).
17. To show respect to the national flag and national anthem.
18. To avoid wastage of resources.
19. To realise the importance of building up healthy body for living a healthy life.
20. To be willing to build up a healthy body through participation in games and sports and physical exercise.
21. To know and observe the rules for the preservation of physical health and environmental health.
22. To know and realise the importance of balanced food and to develop the habit of eating such food.
23. To know about the common diseases, their causes and preventive measures and to be willing to take preventive measures against them.
24. To understand and correctly read materials printed and hand written in easy Bangla and through reading skill to continue acquiring knowledge by reading material written in Bangla.
25. To express by writing correctly and distinctly in plain Bangla his/her own observation, experience and intention, to be able to write simple letters and applications and to be able to fill in different kinds of forms.
26. To talk in correct colloquial Bangla in order to accurately and effectively express as well as exchange thoughts and feeling with classmates and others.
27. To comprehend the main theme by listening attentively to conversations, speeches, descriptions etc. in Bangla
28. To gain basic ideas of numeracy and to be able to make use of numbers.
29. To know four fundamental operation and to be able to use them.
30. To apply the simple methods of computing/calculating in solving the day to-day problems.
31. To know and to use the units of money, length, weight, square measure, measurement and time.
32. To know and understand the geometrical signs and figures.
33. To develop the ability to collect facts and information.
34. To develop the habit of reading newspapers, periodicals as well as books outside the syllabus.
35. To think independently and to develop the ability to express own opinions.
36. To accept new ideas and to feel interested in discussing them with others.
37. To accept and to feel interested in accepting constructive criticism of others for self-development.
38. To know and understand through observation and enquire the immediate natural and social environment.
39. To attain the skill of “scientific enquiry” in respect of specifying the aim of enquiry, observing and classifying different aspects of environment and drawing simple generalizations.
40. To identify the relationship between cause and effect and to make simple study in respect of the ordinary problems of day-to-day life.
41. To observe and identify the improvement in the standard of day to-day life due to application of science and technology and realise its importance.
42. To express oneself through arts like sketching, drawing, clay-work, paper-work, music, dance drama etc.
43. To observe and appreciate the beauty of natural and social environment.
44. To develop the habit of keeping tidy one’s own belonging and environment.
45. To observe discipline.
46. To take care of individual as well as public property.
47. To develop punctuality.
48. To know how to behave with people of different relationship and to develop manners accordingly.
49. To know about the children of other countries and to get interested in their ways of life.
50. To read simple material hand written or printed in English.
51. To listen to and understand simple conversation, story and rhymes in English and to get pleasure out of them.
52. To speak simple sentences in English in order to make others understand one’s own observation and ideas.
53. To write brief accounts of known things in correct English.
Source: National Curriculum and Textbook Board (Undated): Revision and modification of curriculum of the primary stage against the background of universal primary education- essential learning continua (primary education). Dhaka: National Curriculum and Textbook Board.

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