Md. Naemul Haque
Published: November 6, 2023, 11:38 pm
- The parents, angry with the words of the minister, demand to withdraw the statement
- Anti-education campaign on social media
- Parents planning big moves
This curriculum will harm the future of students
— Dr. Kamrul Hasan Mamun
If you have a little patience, you will get something good
— Rasheda K Chowdhury
Parents were in dilemma from the beginning of the year about the new curriculum. After six months passed, their suspicions became reality. The victims started a movement with this. For the past two months, parents have been building an anti-curriculum movement through social media and campaigning in schools. Minister of Education has given new impetus to their movement. Dipumani. In a recent press conference, he referred to the agitators as ‘coaching businessmen’. The parents are trying to protest against this. They alleged that the minister made such comments to question their logical movement. In a written statement, the parents demanded the withdrawal of such statements. As a result, the doubts of the parents about the new curriculum do not disappear immediately. Academics are also not in agreement about this new curriculum. Some say to be patient but some say that this curriculum will harm future generations.
It is known that there is no study in the new curriculum, there is no examination, the things that are being said that the students are not learning anything, that is ‘false information’, said Education Minister Dipu Moni. He explains 15 types of misinformation. However, at one stage of the speech, he pointed out that there are lies about the new curriculum and textbooks and said, ‘We see that those who started this campaign through Facebook or social media and tried to turn the matter into a movement, are basically coaching businessmen. He was joined by note and guide book dealers. Because, they think, if the new curriculum is implemented, the business will be killed. That is why they are coming down.’ Education Minister’s statement on the new curriculum has been condemned by the Education Movement Combined Parents Forum.
In a written statement, strongly opposing the education minister’s press conference and the speech given in the national parliament, they said that there is a nationwide movement to demand the cancellation of the new national curriculum. Various kinds of discussion and criticism are going on. In the meantime, the Minister of Education Dr. Deepu Moni’s speech humiliated the protestors (teachers, parents and education enthusiasts). According to the notification signed by Amirul Islam, the education minister in his speech referred to the movement to cancel the education program as a fuel for the coaching-guide traders. We are protesting this statement of the Education Minister. The education minister could judge the logic of our statement and give his opinion. But instead of doing so, the ugly and hateful comments he made about the movement are indicative of undemocratic behavior. We demand the immediate withdrawal of the education minister’s statement and at the same time the parents pledge to continue the movement until the current education system is canceled to protect future generations.
Apart from this, in the written statement, they pointed out the wrong aspects of the education minister’s statement. The parents are talking to the parents of various educational institutions to build a large movement in this. They are regularly involving the parents through social media to bring down the mass movement. Rasheda K Chowdhury, a former adviser to the caretaker government and a prominent educationist, told Amar Sangbad that the biggest challenge now is the new curriculum. This curriculum is necessary to keep pace with the new era. Because, there were different types of division in our education. Such as science, humanities, business education. We know that science students don’t know much about humanities. Humanities students don’t know, the world is now working on rocket science and robotics. It takes time to understand any new subject. The implementation of the new curriculum has been problematic from the start. However, this does not mean that this curriculum is dead. This education will be good for our future generation. The authorities should give some time for that. Being new, there will be some mistakes, it is normal. This educator is talking about getting something good if you have a little patience. Dhaka University physics professor said about the loss of the new curriculum. Kamrul Hasan Mamun said, this curriculum will not do much harm till class VIII. Students of class IX-X are suffering due to two reasons.
First, everyone is being taught the same syllabus in class IX. As a result, the deep things of science are being left out. Countries that do not have divisions in class 9-10 have better systems than countries that do. That is, instead of forcing them to read all 10 subjects, they have to read some optional subjects, that is, those who are interested in reading all the subjects. For example, in the British curriculum, if someone takes triple science, he will study physics, biology and chemistry as separate subjects and he will be able to go deeper into these subjects. Those who study triple science will not study combined science for good reason. One can also take higher mathematics if he wants. In other words, the British curriculum does not have divisions but there is a better system than that. Keeping two or three subjects compulsory in class IX-X, many optional subjects such as higher mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, combined science, economics, accounting etc. can be kept.
Second, the elimination of continuous assessment methods. Our country’s social system, socio-economic status of teachers etc. does not support continuous evaluation system. Possible in Finland, Switzerland, Norway. Because the salary and social respect of teachers in all those countries is very high. There is no member, chairman, MP, government official showing his head. And if change is to be brought, it should be brought slowly. You will not find a single country in the world that completely changes everything in the country’s education system.