PM backs PSSC to groom up students with leadership quality

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday said that the government wanted to sow the seeds of democracy in children so that the country never deviates from democracy.

“I am happy to see that we’ve sowed the seeds of democracy in the right place,” she said while inaugurating Bangladesh Primary School Students Council Conference-2012 at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC) in the city.

Primary and Mass Education Minister Dr Afsarul Ameen and State Minister for Primary and Mass Education M Motahar Hossain were present as special guests at the function, chaired by acting Secretary of the Primary and Mass Education Ministry MM Niazuddin.

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Secretary Nazrul Islam Khan and Director General of the Primary Education Directorate Shyamol Kanti Ghosh also spoke on the occasion.

Sheikh Hasina asked the children to obey the instructions of their parents and teachers to build themselves as capable leaders of the country.

“You’ve to obey the instructions of your parents and teachers. You’re the future of the country. One day one of you will become the Prime Minister like me,” she said amid applause by the children.

The Prime Minister requested the parents to encourage their children to plant saplings of different kinds of tree. “If they do this they will see these saplings will grow up in their life time and bear fruits, which will be a great pleasure for the children,” she said.

Hasina said her government has been working to establish a digital Bangladesh in order to transform the new generation to science and technology-based modern, educated manpower. “The present government has already formulated a time-befitting education policy to achieve this goal.”

She mentioned that massive programmes have been taken up for overall development of the education sector including primary education as a well educated and efficient manpower is the precondition for making the country prosperous and developed.

The Prime Minister said that her government has ensured cent percent enrollment of children to primary schools.

Describing various steps taken by the present government for the development of primary education, she said colourful new textbooks were reached to the students free of cost at the beginning of the academic year.

The government, she added, has extended the quota of stipends for the students, created new posts and appointed some 70,000 teachers, and established new schools and vocational training centres.

Hasina mentioned that about 4.500 schools have been reconstructed and expanded, new class rooms and school cum cyclone shelters constructed as part of the infrastructural development for the education sector.

She said initiatives have also been taken to establish 1,500 more new primary schools, and more education offices at the district and upazilla level.

Laying emphasis on maintaining quality of education, the Prime Minister expressed the hope that her government will be able to make Bangladesh free from illiteracy by 2014.

She said: “Today’s children are the future of the nation and they must prepare themselves to lead the country, adequately equipped with morality and leadership quality.

Hasina said father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, for the first time, had included in the Constitution the issue of compulsory, free education for children.

She called upon all including teachers, students and guardians to help stop commercial coaching to maintain the standard of education.

Later, the Prime Minister witnessed demonstration of a council meeting by the students of Ideal Motijheel Government Primary School and also a cultural function.