Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni on Monday said that the government hasgiven utmost importance to improve living standard of the school teachers.
She said this while addressing a virtual discussion meeting titled, ‘Teachers’ Day: Perspectives on the Dignity of Teachers in Bangladesh’ organised by ‘SwadhinotaSikkhokPorishad (Swachip)’ on the occasion of World Teachers Day.
Dr Dipu Moni said, “Teachers work very hardto spread light of education among students. They teach students true values of life and also teach them to be worthycitizens. The responsibility of the state is to give them quality of life and financial security. The present government is continuing that effort.”
The World Teachers’ Day’ was observed with the theme, “Teachers: Leading in crisis, reimagining the future” which is relevant to the current global scenario.
She also said, “Nelson Mandela said Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world. Our Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the great teacher, has taught us patriotism.”
About stopping the unwarranted interference of private educational institutions, she said, “The parliamentary committee on education is working in this regard. A separate committee has been formed. Initiatives will be taken in this regard after receiving the report of the committee.”
Regarding the demand for nationalization of the education system, Dipu Moni said, “Nationalization depends not only on the financial condition of the government, it depends on many other issues including policy.The issue needs to be considered for the development of the education system.”
Deputy Minister for Education,Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury said, “No leader has done so much for the welfare of the teachers as much as what Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has done in last ten years.We know that it is not possible to improve the quality of education overnight, without improving the living standard of the teachers. Therefore, our government has given priority on expanding MPO enlistment in private educational institutions as well.”
The teachers of some 4,354 educational institutions have been enlisted under MPO scheme in last 10 years while more will be enlisted in phases, according to education ministry sources.
Swachip General Secretary, Principal Md. Shahjahan Alam Saju presented a keynote paper in the programme.
Among others, Professor Dr Abdul Mannan Chowdhury, Principal SS Akramul Haque, Headmaster Meherunnesa, Saidur Rahman Panna, Delwar Hossain, Principal Shahdat Hossain, Charichand Mandal Sumon, ShirinaBithi, Aklima Khatun and Sangeeta Biswasalso spoke.