Posted on: Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Introduction: The pragmatic education policy has been implemented through lots of discussion, an anti-racial and true- history of our liberation has got upper hand to uphold our nation's relevance. The young generations not derail from the knowing inception of our independence.
Present education policy in Bangladesh: Education agenda is one of the main schemes for every political party in Bangladesh as well as many countries across the world. This agenda is always politicized by the politician and the party. It is good news for Bangladesh that the Ex-Chairman of the National Education Policy- 2009 Formulation Committee Prof. Kabir chowdhury Lat now handed over the final draft of a new education policy to the Education Ministry Nurul Islam Nahid.
Various new education policy media reported that, since the independence of Bangladesh, successive government have formed at least eight education commission including Dr. Qudrat-e-khuda Education commission 1972. The new education policy is one of the important agenda for the ruling government that include in the election manifesto. Awami League affirmed before the education that enrollment at the primary level of education would be raised to 100% by 2010, and education up to the level of bachelor's degree would be made free in phase, while healthcare for all would be ensured by 2013. Of course, the forming of the education committee was a noble initiative for the government as well for the nation. Besides, the al- led government also increased the education budget 2009-2010 than other years.
Technological development: As we can see that Bangladesh education sector has been going through its chronic problem, such as quality education policy, quality of education content, relevance of curriculum, quality of teacher, lack of quality teacher's training and teaching method, school building and safety, accountability, active local and national assessment tools, inadequate research funds and institution, lack of quality education leaders, and lack of partnership with stakeholders (students, teacher -parents etc).
It is affirmative indication that the proposal education policy 2099 incorporated the general and Madras education, which will enable to solve a long- time multi dimension practice in Bangladesh. The administration also has emphasized education Madrasa students, general and vocational curricula alongside education bring up a skilled population for the nation.
The modification of education sector: The committee widely proposed and modified the curricula and year of studies in primary and high school levels. Besides, committee has emphasized vocational education in the proposed policy according to the need of the nation. However, the committee has excluded some of the vital elements, such as promoting volunteerism, environmental studies, health and nutrition, character education, and conflict resolution.
If we research on the last 37 years of Bangladesh education, then we can ask question on the quality of education that the primary and higher educational institutions have been provide to the nation! What kind of education the elderly people have received? What kind of education have the children been getting from the school and college/university in the present day? Peoples negative, destructive, unproductive, unskilled, and unethical behavior and attitude, and actions could be the most important element of order to justify the outcomes of the education.
Milestone of education policy: A holistic education policy implementation is most essential in the reality of Bangladesh. Every student need to be developed in their educational, physical, social, and intellectual growth. The education policy must acknowledge and emphasize the spiritual, intellectual, social, physical, and psychological needs of young children from the beginning of its establishment and this will continue to foster growth in each child.
Besides promoting skill based education, the policy must encourage children to learn and nurture the social and cultural values, integrity, tolerate, respect and love others, service to others, and to be a responsible person. The students can learn all these good values from schools. Early age is the best learning stage of every child. What the children at the early age they remember and practice them at a later age. The modern educational institution's main goal is to nourish and develop each child's spiritual, physical education, social, academic in growth and knowledge, and skill. The school focuses on the growth of the whole person.
Education school emphasize the great products and discoveries the human mind. Curriculum should help students clarify their beliefs and values and thus achieve commitment and dedication to guide their lives. To achieve goal of the school works closely with every students and develops a strong relationship and partnership with all parents and stakeholder to make the school effective and productive. If there are quality education policy for the primary and high school level and there are effectively, them the students can develop knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values necessary for a productive life to go to higher education or to serve the community, nation, and world. For example, a addition to final exam in the end of the 12th grade (high school), the government adopt 100 house volunteer service of education policy. Every student must complete his/her 100 house volunteer service to the community through various organization/ social clubs in order to achieve the high school certificate. This service will enable every student to be involved in social activities. They could see deeply the social problem, social needs, and their responsibility to the community. This exposure can enrich their knowledge to analyze the problem, learning to thinks effective, and promote ability to critical thinking in solving, the community problems. This would also increase the young volunteerism and help them become socially responsible and care giver citizens. Of course, the specific content such as, environment studies, health and nutrition, character education, and conflict resolution are very important to include in the primary and high curriculum.
Numerous researches have shown that Bangladesh is one of the countries that by next 20 will be highly effective by the climate change. As the school is the social institution and it is the right place to teach children about environmental issues and teach them how to take care the earth. Indeed, children can learn about their health and nutrition in school. In order to be a healthy person, children must know what they should eat, how to eat healthy food, what kind of nutrition in the food, and what food important for their body. It has impression that a healthy student is a healthy thinker, and healthy student can become good students. In the same way, children also can get lesson to develop skill in conflict resolution and to promote character/moral life education in the early age. This learning is for life-long that will be a help in student's daily life and in the later workplace as well. There subject can apply to teach according to the grade levels. Not the question may arise that who will teach these subjects? Therefore, it is very important for school's effectiveness that the teachers must be knowledgeable, upgraded on the contents, and skilled to teach the classes. In addition, the government can introduce new job opportunity for primary & high school to teach health & nutrition, conflict resolution, environment, and so on. Today, the motion and the world do not need only high skilled workforce, but also need more moral developed workforce as well.
Conclusion: It is on doubt that the new education policy, 2009 has been proposed wisely excluding some of the rudiment guts that can promote a holistic person. Without promoting solid early age foundation of a child, it is impossible to build a child to absorb the digital Bangladesh and to live in the digital world. Early development of a child in a school promotes him to be good/moral and productive self-control, skilled, disciplined, and responsible citizen.