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Recommendations for MPO enrolment and nationalization of quality schools

Shaik Hasina And Dipo Moni

T(caps)he Standing Committee on Planning has recommended MPO enrolment and nationalization of quality schools. The committee feels that those (schools) who have been allowed to teach should be enrolled in MPO without waiting for a few years.

Schools that are qualified have to be governmentised and withdrawn from the dual system. In addition, a coordinated plan has to be taken to develop in which sectors in the next 10 years to introduce a realistic education system. In this regard, it has been recommended to focus on technical education to eradicate unemployment in the country.

This information was revealed in the working paper of the recent standing committee meeting at the National Assembly Secretariat. The meeting was chaired by committee chairman Jamalpur-1 seat MP Abul Kalam Azad and other members addressed it.

At the meeting, committee member and planning minister M A Mannan said that some qualified schools should be included in MPO as far as possible with the budget money that survives. He said those allowed to teach should be enrolled in MPO without waiting for a few years. Schools that are qualified have to be governmentised and withdrawn from the dual system. He also directed the Education Secretary to hold an emergency meeting with all Project Directors (PDs) soon in view of the recommendations of the Committee to speed up the implementation of the project.

The planning minister also said Sheikh Hasina insisted on strengthening the IMED at the cabinet meeting, the executive committee meeting of the National Economic Committee. Due to lack of IMED manpower, it is not possible to sit in Dhaka and see 1,800 projects. There was a proposal to open one office each in each department.

If suitable quality officers can be appointed there, they will be able to monitor the projects of that department immediately. The Prime Minister immediately approved. There's a resolution, it's an order. When work was started on this, there were many obstacles. The order is still there. Efforts are still being made to work on that.

Committee member Saber Hossain Chowdhury said Bangladesh ranks 155th out of 161 countries allocated to education sector. Bangladesh has the lowest allocation for education among South Asia. He questioned whether the Standing Committee could provide any assistance on the allocation of education sector. The future of modern developed Bangladesh will depend on how future generations are now being created. But basic weakness is the lack of ability.

He wants to know if there are any recommendations of the Department of Implementation Inspection and Evaluation (IMED) in this regard. The more educated the country, the higher the unemployment rate.

A simulation of the demands has to be done. For the next 10 years, the education system has to be simulated with where Bangladesh wants to see itself and which sectors need a graduate for it. Bangladesh is going to create a model citizen in the education system, graduates from the respective disciplines should be created in line with the roadmap for the economy.

Saber Hossain also told the meeting that it has been heard for a long time that IMED will be strengthened. I want to see that no model of strengthening is visible on the ground till date. According to the reports received by IMED, there is no example of action taken against any PD or any contracting company. Have they not done the work they are supposed to do according to their standards, any action has been taken against the PD and the contracting company? He puts the question.

Expressing anger, he said that if the highest utility is not taken from the reports that are being submitted by working hard, merit, then only the report will not help. In addition, no grading is done to those who are competent PDs in the implementation of the project. It should be kept in the evaluation whether one will be given the responsibility in the future keeping in mind what the performance is. He wants to know how much is being done and what the plan is.

Dr. Shamsul Alam, a member of the then Planning Commission, who recently took over as minister of state for planning at the meeting, said 40 per cent of the budget is development expenditure. The civil society or think tank or the common man makes major allegations of implementing the development expenditure scheme. Many visits to the project have increased, increasing the efficiency of implementing the main problem.

He said the unemployment problem in the country is strong. Till the age of 30, 29% have not had adequate education, training, jobs. Can't use them. Manpower has to be appointed by verification. Otherwise, there will be problems in implementing the project. The ministry does not inform the IMED about the steps taken by the ministry after reporting it from IMED to the ministry, which also needs to be improved.

Major (Retd) Rafiqul Islam, another member of the committee, said that in order to ensure the highest quality of university education, appropriate initiatives should be taken to provide modern equipment to laboratories as well as to create and train teachers and officials in a research-assisted environment. There are many ministries, they cannot spend what is allocated in the budget. There is a ministry, it gets less allocation than what is required. The education ministry also could not spend what it had received.

He said flags are not being hoisted in many educational institutions. Action has to be taken against it if not only madrassas but any school and college does not ensure proper use of it.

He added that some teachers have been harming educational institutions over the ages with the chairman and members of their preferred managing committee. This method of managing committee needs to be changed in both schools and colleges. The issue of MPO enrolment has to be looked into very seriously. Other institutions, including educational institutions, have to improve rural areas not only in municipal areas but also through a balanced distribution. Otherwise, poverty will not be removed from rural areas, jobs will not be created.


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