Educational institutions are free to decide on student politics: Dipu Moni
Education Minister Dipu Moni on Monday said the educational institutions will decide whether to allow or not student politics on the campus. “The outcome of banning student politics in educational institutions is not usually good. This should also be considered,” she said. The minister was talking to reporters after attending a meeting on law and order situation during SSC and equivalent exams in the capital. Being involved in politics is a matter of an individual’s fundamental rights, said Dipu. Also read: Momen not accompanying PM in India: Dipu Moni questions media’s use of “dropped” “It is between a political party and an educational institute, what rule they made and what understanding they have regarding student politics. The education ministry does not decide nor intervene in these matters,” said the minister. “People have different opinions regarding allowing student politics in educational institutions but there is no alternative to political consciousness if we hope for a democratic society” Dipu added. Politics is a healthy and positive thing and this positivity has to be maintained during party politics in educational institutions, she said. On August 13, former students of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) arranged a rally in its premises ahead of National Mourning Day under the banner of Bangladesh Chhatra league (BCL). Also read: SSC exams this year will start from 11am, duration 2 hours: Dipu Moni This raised a storm of debate as political activities in BUET campus has officially remained banned since the murder of student Abrar Fahad in 2019, by some then-leaders of BCl at Sher-e-Bangla Hall of the university.
Educational institutions to remain closed for 2 days a week to save power
All educational institutions under Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) will remain closed for two days week as part of government’s move to save power. The students will enjoy holidays on Friday and Saturday, said a notification of Education Ministry issued on Monday. The new arrangement will be effective soon, it said. The authorities concerned of the universities have been asked to take necessary steps in this regard. Also read: Energy crisis: Govt mulls 2-day weekly holiday in educational institutions On June 17, the government directed the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to close shopping malls and kitchen markets by 8 pm to save energy. Also read: SUST to take online classes one day in a week to save energy A letter, signed by Ahsan Kibria Siddiqui, director-general of the Prime Minister's Office (Administration), said that the prime minister has instructed to take necessary steps to ensure that shops, shopping malls, kitchen markets are not kept open after 8 pm.
Energy crisis: Govt mulls 2-day weekly holiday in educational institutions
The government plans to introduce a two-day weekly holiday in educational institutions across the country soon to save energy, said Education Minister Dipu Moni on Friday. She said this while responding to a question at an event in the capital. Read: No changes on religion made to textbooks: Dipu Moni Dipu Moni also said the government has announced a two-day weekly holiday in all educational institutions from 2023. “We are thinking about whether it will be implemented from now to save electricity,” she said. The decision will be announced soon, she added.
Ahead of Eid PM declares MPO benefits for 2716 educational institutions
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday declared 2716 privately run educational institutions eligible for monthly payment order (MPO). Under the MPO scheme the government pays 100 per cent of the basic salaries to the teachers of non-government institutions. The PM made the announcement while speaking at the inaugural ceremony of country’s first campus-based business incubator ‘Sheikh Kamal IT Business Incubator’ at Chittagong University of Engineering and Technology (CUET) through video links from her official residence Ganobhaban. Among the new MPO beneficiaries are 666 lower secondary schools, 1122 secondary schools, 136 higher secondary schools, 109 higher secondary colleges and 18 degree colleges. The new MPO list also includes some 665 educational institutions under the vocational and madrassa education board. These are 97 SSC vocational or Dakhil vocational, 200 SSC business management and technology, two diploma in agriculture, 264 Dakhil Madrassa, 85 Alerm Madrassa, six Farazi Madrassa and 11 Kamil Madrassa. Also read: MPO for new educational institutions to be announced this month: Dipu Moni Along with unveiling the Sheikh Kamal Business Incubator the PM also inaugurated Sheikh Jamal Dormitory and Rosy Jamal Dormitory
Attempts being made to create anarchy at educational institutions: Dipu
Education Minister Dipu Moni on Sunday said attempts are being made to create anarchy at the educational institutions of the country ahead of the national election. “Their plan of destabilizing the country through creating anarchy at the educational institutions will not be implemented. Conscious students will obstruct it,” she said while speaking at a prize giving ceremony at Baburhat High School in Chandpur town. Also read: Working to improve universities' world ranking position, says Dipu Moni The people of the country want peace and the country is approaching fast to achieve the development goals under the leadership of the Prime Minister, said Dipu. “The evil forces are trying to raise their heads ahead of the national election and trying to take advantage of the chaotic situation created by them,”she said. Also read: Don't react to provocations on social media: Dipu Moni Dipu Moni also urged the students of the school to be human being through good deeds and love the country.
Vested quarter trying to create communal problems at educational institutions: Dipu Moni
A vested quarter is trying to create communal issues at the educational institutions after failing to destabilize the country, said Education Minister Dipu Moni on Tuesday. “Their attempts will not be successful in any way,” she said while talking to local journalists after attending a review meeting with all district level officials in Chandpur on the projects implemented or under implementation from 2019 to date and overall activities of various departments organised by the district administration. Also read: We are proud of our religious harmony: Dipu Moni Regarding some recent issues at educational institutions in the country, Dipu Moni said they are creating issues in some educational institutions and trying to give those communal cover after failing to make the country’s situation unstable. “We are vigilant about the issue,” she said adding that the people of the country believe in non-communal spirit. People have respect for teachers, she said and requested the teachers to be vigilant. Also read:No decision yet on 100% festival bonus to pvt educational institute teachers: Dipu Moni The minister also warned that stern action will be taken if authorities concerned in the educational institutions are found involved in making chaos with such issues.
Stop DJ party at educational institutions in the name of Rag Day: HC
The High Court on Sunday ordered the authorities concerned to take necessary steps within 30 days to stop DJ party, dance, bulling and obscenity at educational institutions in the name of Rag Day. The HC bench of Justice Md Mozibur Rahman Miah and Justice Khizir Hayat passed the order after hearing a writ petition filed by a lawyer. The HC also issued a rule asking the government to explain as to why the inaction of the authorities concerned in stopping DJ party, dance, bulling and obscenity at the educational institutions in the name of Rag Day should not be declared illegal. Also read: DU bans 'inhuman, unethical' Rag Day Secretaries to the Education Ministry, Information Ministry, Cultural Affairs Ministry, University Grants Commission Chairman, Vice-Chancellors of Dhaka University, Rajshahi University, Jahangirnagar University, Khulna University and Barishal University, Inspector General of Police, Director General of the Department of Secondary and High Secondary Education have been made respondents to the rule which is returnable in four weeks. On April 7, Advocate Mohamamd Quamrul Hasan filed the writ petition. According to the writ petition, it has been noticed recently that some educational institutions organize DJ party in the name of ‘Rag Day’ and the images and video footages of those parties go viral on social networking sites. The teachers were supposed to guide students to build their lives with moral values but under the patronage of the educational institution such immoral activates are going on. So it is needed to stop these activities to save the next generation from this bad culture, it said.
Dhaka commuters endure awful traffic jam for 2nd day
Dhaka commuters passed another day of intolerable sufferings as they remained stuck on roads for hours due to heavy traffic gridlock in different parts of the capital on Wednesday Traffic congestions in the city turned acute after resumption of full-fledged classes in all educational institutions. Read: Dhaka dwellers suffer amid unusual traffic gridlock “It seems that there is no end to people’s sufferings. Traffic jam not only kills the time but also ruin our energy,” said Afrin Sultana, a resident of Bailey Road area.
Follow health guidelines strictly at educational institutions: Minister
Urging all to abide by health guidelines at educational institutions, Education Minister Dipu Moni has said they do not want to shut those again due to Covid surge. “We have resumed classes after a long time and we do not want to shut educational institutions again,” said Dipu while talking to reporters after inaugurating the piloting activities of New National Curricula of 2023 virtually from National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) auditorium on Tuesday. Read: Senior schools, universities reopen after a month She urged guardians, teachers and students to be aware of health protocols and maintain those properly. Talking about the new curricula, the students will learn lessons by themselves and they will grow as skilled, eligible and good human being , she said adding, “Our motive is to achieve our national goals and build a peaceful and prosperous country.” The guardians and the teachers have been requested to identify the problems of the curricula so that those can be fixed, said Dipu. Deputy Minister for Education Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nowfel, who was also present at the promramme, urged all concerned to perform their duties sincerely and implement the new curricula. “The teachers will identify the problems and weaknesses of the curricula so that students get modern and standard curricula,” he said.
2-day weekly holiday in all educational institutions from 2023: Dipu Moni
The government will introduce two-day weekly holiday in all educational institutions in the country from the next year, Education Minister Dipu Moni has said. Dipu Moni came up with the announcement on Saturday while addressing the inauguration program of the new curricula of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB). “There are already two weekly holidays in universities and in some secondary and higher secondary level education institutions. We proposed two-day weekly holiday for the secondary and the higher secondary level educational institutions to the Prime Minister with the new curriculum plan.” The PM later added the primary educational institutions in the plan, she said. Also read: Covid-19 Advisory Committee to meet tonight to discuss reopening of educational institutions: Dipu Sixty-two educational institutions which have been brought under the new curricula will get two weekly holidays from this year, she said. Piloting of the new curricula will start in these institutions from February 22 with the reopening of the education institutions. Dipu Moni said there might be faults and mistakes in the books inaugurated today as they have been published newly under the curricula. “As the piloting begins, we will get feedback every week to determine success of our efforts with the new curriculum,” she said. Also read: Educational institutions may be reopened at Feb-end: Hasina About introducing technical education in all educational institutions, the minister said,” It will need a huge investment in the education sector as newn infrastructures like workshops, laboratories, tools will be needed to introduce technical education in all educational institutions. “Already technical education has been initiated in 600 educational institutions. This will need to be done in phases as we have included the subjects of life and livelihoods in the new curricula,” Dipu Moni added.