Reflections on education policy 2010 and people’s participation

In the post- independent period of Bangladesh, many attempts were taken to standardize the education system of the country. As many as six education commissions /committees were formed and reports submitted before Education policy formulation committee2009.

Dr. Qudrat-e-Khuda Commission, the first Education Com-mission was formed on September 24, 1972 by the Father of the Nation and Architect of Bangl-desh Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, to recommend an appropriate Education Policy for Bangladesh. The first committee submitted the policy report on May 30, 1974. But after the merciless assassination of the Father of the Nation and the most of his family members there was no advancement of that report. Considering the national reality and context, the Election Manifesto 1996 of Awami League led by the daughter of Bangabandhu Sheikh Hasina made commitment to adopt a National Education Policy in the light of Qudrat-e-Khuda report. Accordingly the National Education Policy 2000 was adopted. But the following Government didn’t implement the policy. This time, within a three months (April 06, 2009) of assuming state power, the present Government formed a 16- member committee led by National Professor Kabir Chaudhury to update the National Education Policy.

People’s participation

To make the Education Policy 2009 broad-based, the Committee exchanged views and held comprehensive discussions with as many as 56 (fifty six) institutions and organizations and their representatives separately. Moreover, the Committee also received written opinions from many people and groups. Meetings were also organized in six divisional cities to exchange views with all levels of stakeholders where at least one member of the Committee attended and took note of the recommendations. All of these opinions and recommendations were duly considered in formulating the Policy. The members of the Committee also contributed to the Policy by their expert opinions and experiences. The Committee convened 23 meetings to review the opinions and data received from different sour-ces, and to exchange their views among themselves. The committee submitted their final draft policy on September 2, 2009.

After receiving draft policy Hon’ble Education Minister Mr. Nurul Islam Naheed MP submited it to Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.  The   Hon’ble Prime Minister instantly    directed  Hon’-ble Education Minister to publish the draft policy in the website for the opinions of the   peoples of  Bangladesh.. Afterwards the   Ministry of Education published it   in the web-site for much participation of the people to formulate a comprehensive education policy for the nation. The Ministry received more than 8000 opinions and suggestions from all corners i.e. educationists, lawyers, students, politicians, social workers, intellectual society etc,. Seminars and workshops   also took place. Electronic and print media also arranged talk show and round table conference regarding the issue. The Ministry of Education considered all the opinions and suggestions and   then finalized the Education Policy 2010. The   Policy was placed in the cabinet meeting in the last week of May 2010 and it was approved by the cabinet. In December 2010 it was raised in the Parliament for discussion. About 20 senior Parliamentarians including the Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina participated in the discussion on the policy. It was passed in the House unanimously.

Remarkable comments on Education Policy 2010

Hon’ble Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has comented that the important aspect of this Education Policy is that it emphasizes religion, science and technical education. This Policy attaches importance to the natural sensitivity of people and also to the delivery of education that helps find employment in the material world. The country will move ahead, with the acquisition of the knowledge of modern science and technology. We will be able to build up a golden Bangladesh, free of poverty as was envisioned by our Father of the Nation. We will pay our sacred homage to the sacrifice of lives of our 3 million martyrs, when we celebrate   the golden jubilee of our independence in 2021, with our heads high in the committee of nations.

Hon’ble Education  Minister Mr.Nuru Islam Nahid Mp  has comented Two things need to be stated clearly regarding the policy- 1) this is not an education policy of any particular political party – it reflects the aspiration and expectations of the entire nation; 2) this policy is not an absolute entity and the scope for changes and amendment will always be there and errors can always be rectified. Education is a dynamic concept. Keeping pace with the development of knowledge and science, the process of adaptation and modernization will continue. Practical experiences acquired during its implementation stage and application of modern knowledge, science and technology will continue to enrich the policy.