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‘No division in name of science, arts, commerce at secondary’

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 09:48 PM, 4 July 2020  

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Deputy Education Minister Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury said science education should not be limited to meritorious only. All students must have compulsory science education up to at least SSC. In that case, there will be no division in the name of science, arts, commerce at the secondary level. 

“In the developed world, all students up to class XII have to study in the same style. The students then can study the subject of their choice,” he said while speaking as the chief guest at a webinar titled ‘Resilience Recovery of National Economy Through Science Technology And Innovation During Post Covid-19 Era’ organized by Bangladesh STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Society on Saturday.

Presided over Dr. Al-Naqib Chowdhury, Architecture Professor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), the webinar was conducted by Dr. Azizul Mawla, Architecture Professor at the same university.

BUET VC Satya Prasad Majumder, Prof. Golam M Matbar of Monmouth University in US, Dr. Sanjeeb K Srivastava, representative of the Indian Institute of Science Bangalore, JU VC Professor Farzan Islam and VCs of about 20 universities in Bangladesh also participated in the discussion.

Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury said, “Our universities have to change the curriculum as per the demand of the industry. Our entrepreneurs say in many cases they are not getting skilled manpower. So, we have to bring skilled manpower from abroad. Again, job seekers often say they are not getting the job. Universities need to take initiatives to fill the gap between the two parties. Manpower needs to be created as per the needs of the industry. That is why Industry Academia Linkage is very important.”

“Our universities are producing countless graduates who have no technical skills,” he also said, adding, “As a result, employment of many graduates is not provided and a large number of our manpower is left out from the labour market.” 

If this situation continues, we will not be able to achieve Vision 2041 and Sustainable Development Goals. Besides, we will not be able to face the challenge of the fourth industrial revolution. Considering all these issues, the government is thinking of reskilling the graduates. That is why, the government is thinking of lifting the age limit in technical education, Deputy Education Minister Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury added.