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Record 97pc pass

Primary Terminal Examinations
Record 97pc pass
Over 1 lakh kids get GPA-5

Elated students of Motijheel Ideal School and College that has won third place in this year's primary terminal exams.Photo: STAR

Wasim Bin Habib

Primary education appears to have got a significant boost. This year, 97.26 percent examinees passed the primary education terminal tests, hitting a record high since the introduction of the examination in 2009.

The pass rate rose by 4.92 percentage points from last year’s 92.34 percent. It was 88.84 percent in 2009.

The results published yesterday show a total of 21,25,869 students — 9,75,529 boys and 11,50,340 girls — passing the examination. The number of students who failed the tests came down to 59,879 from 1,48,680 of last year.

The pass rate of ebtedayee (primary level of madrasa education) examinations is 91.28 percent.

Competitiveness of students, their awareness of issues related to exams and studies, better care by guardians and teachers, free textbook distribution, and training programmes for teachers are behind the success, say officials, teachers and educationists.

Awarding certificates to successful students, stipends and increased monitoring and evaluation also contributed to better results, they added.

“Learning from the past, we gave our best to make teachers more active by training them and giving them other facilities,” Shyamol Kanti Ghosh, director general, Directorate of Primary Education, told The Daily Star.

This year, he said, the teacher-student ratio was brought down to 1:46 from 1:56 to provide more attention for each child throughout the learning process.

“The rise in the pass rate indicates teachers are more available in classrooms and they are giving more time to students. The government initiative to reduce the teacher-student ratio has worked,” said Rasheda K Choudhury, executive director of Campaign for Popular Education.

The pass rate shooting up every year proves that students can do well if they get proper facilities and care, she told The Daily Star.

Rasheda K Choudhury, however, emphasised the need for quality primary education.

This year, a total of 23,16,521 students from 87,832 schools registered for the exams, of whom 21,85,747 showed up in the exam halls.

The examinations began on November 23 and ended on November 30. Students of class-V must qualify at the terminal exams to enrol in class-VI.

Across the country yesterday, jubilant students and parents, who had been suffering from nerves for the last couple of days, brought a festive mood into the atmosphere as soon the results were out.

Replacing the division system, this year’s results were in grades in conformity with other public exams. So the government did not publish any merit list.

A total of 1,05,673 students or 4.97 percent of the total number passed, getting GPA-5, the highest grade point average.

Boys are ahead of girls in terms of success although the number of girls who sat for the exams was higher than boys. The pass percentage of boys and girls this year stands at 97.48 and 97.08, in that order.

Girls, however, outshone the boys in achieving the highest score with some 56,539 girls scoring GPA-5. A total of 49,134 boys got the distinction.

The top 20 schools include 17 from the capital, based on the number of registered students and GPA-5 holders, pass and absent rates. The remaining three — from Comilla, Chittagong and Khulna — secured seventh, 14th and 18th positions.

Monipur High School at Mirpur has emerged as the best in the country while Viqarunnisa Noon School and College and Motijheel Ideal School and College secured second and third positions.

This is for the third time that primary terminal examinations have been held and students were more confident and serious, Farhad Hossain, principal of Monipur High School, told The Daily Star.

Active participation of teachers is also a factor behind such an accomplishment, he observed.

Manju Ara Begum, acting principal of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, gave credit to the government for distributing new textbooks among students on the very first day of the academic year.

“Students get excited after getting new books on the very first day, and of course, they become enthusiastic and attentive to studies.”

Both students and guardians become encouraged when the children get certificates at the very first stage of their education, she also said.

Primary and Mass Education Minister Afsarul Ameen briefed newsmen yesterday at 3:05pm at his secretariat office about the results, which had been formally handed over to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at 10:00am.

The minister said there were no grace marks for students this year.

Asked about schools with zero pass rates, Ameen said although the number of government schools with no success has dropped, the authorities would look into the matter.

DG Shyamol Kanti of DPE said the majority of the failed students had flunked mathematics but students’ performance in the subject was developing every year. Around 98 percent passed in maths this year, 95 percent last year and 90 percent in 2009.

He also said the students would be provided with their certificates in January and scholarships would be announced by February 15.

Scholarships falling into talent pool and general categories will be equally distributed to male and female students.

The number of schools with cent percent pass rate this year is 68,629 while the number of institutions with zero success came down to 371.

Schools affiliated with Primary Training Institute (PTI) and those run by Brac, a non-government organisation, did well with over 99 percent pass rate while Ananda schools, which are under a government project, ranked the lowest.

As in the previous year, Barisal came out on top among all seven divisions with 99.05 percent success rate while Sylhet was at the bottom taking 90.59 percent. Dhaka bagged third position with over 98 percent pass rate.

Munshiganj got 99.89 percent, leaving 63 other districts behind.

At the upazila level, 32 upazilas saw cent percent pass. Baniachang upazila of Habiganj, however, had the lowest — 71.68 percent.


Checking dropouts in a unique way

Checking dropouts in a unique way
Children’s parks set up in primary schools in Patuakhali
Sohrab Hossain, Patuakhali

Baufal upazila parishad has taken an innovative approach to help bring down dropouts in government primary schools. It is setting up children’s parks in schools and constructing roads to give students easy access to schools.

Encouraged by cent percent pass rate in last year’s class-V terminal examinations in the upazila in Patuakhali, the parishad set up children’s parks in 60 of 122 primary schools there to draw students. Construction of 50 more is underway.

It also paved 25 roads for easy access to schools for students from nearby areas. About 65 more are under construction.

Urmee, a student of class-IV at Madanpura Government Primary School, said she could not attend school in the rainy season last year for bad condition of the road to her school.

But she has not missed any classes this year after the road got repaired.

Atiqur Rahman, headmaster of the school, said most students now come to school in the rainy season but the attendance hovered around 70-75 percent during the same period before the road was repaired.

The children’s park in the school is an additional attraction for students, he added.

Several students were found waiting for their turn to get on a swing at Hosnabad Government Primary School. Many of them come to school early to play on the swings.

Rafiqul Islam, a student of class-IV of Najirpur Government Primary School, said their playground used to go under water in the rainy season. It was developed last year, and now they can use it all year round.

Rezaul Karim, headmaster of Madanpura Government Primary School, said the parishad’s initiative helped increase attendance rate in his school. Now about 93 to 97 percent students attend classes, while it was 80 to 85 percent a year ago.

Sher-E-Gulkhan, headmaster of Nurainpur Government Primary School, said the children’s park of the school has brought a big change. The attendance rate went up to more than 90 percent from below 80 percent.

Upazila Chairman Engineer Mojibur Rahman said they are setting up children’s park on school playgrounds to provide students with leisure facilities on instructions from Patuakhali-2 lawmaker ASM Feroz, also whip of the Jatiya Sangsad.

The parishad is spending about Tk 50,000 on each children park from its own fund. The project started in January 2010 and will end by December next year.

“We have already re-excavated 36 school ponds. Of them, 10 have been brought under fish cultivation with fisheries department’s help. Another 63 will be re-excavated by next year,” said Mojibur, who last year received an award from the prime minister for his role in promoting primary education in his area.

“We will take another programme to grow seasonal vegetables on unutilised school land. The profits from the sale would go to poor and helpless students for buying books and stationery,” he said.

The parishad published a 472-page book Tathya Kanika. It contains names of all educational institutions in the upazila and information on students and teachers.

“We have already distributed the book to all educational institutions in the area. It will help students get in touch with each other. Upazila officials will also be able to communicate with any teachers or institutions by using the information provided in the book,” said Mojibur.

Md Ibrahim, upazila primary education officer, said “We are getting good results from these steps.”

Now most students go to school that has become a more interesting place for them, he added.

Huawei sets IP training centre at BUET

Huawei sets IP training centre at BUET

World’s leading telecom solution provider, Huawei Technologies, has set up an Internet Protocol (IP) training centre at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET) yesterday.

The centre was set with a view to create skill and efficient manpower in IP sector by providing high-quality training to the students and IP professionals.

Architect Yeafesh Osman, state minister for Science and Technology, inaugurated the training centre as chief guest. Rashed Khan Menon, MP, chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Education Ministry, Professor Dr. SM Nazrul Islam, Vice-Chancellor of BUET, Yang Zhaohui, political counselor, Embassy of China and Wonder Wangdexian, CEO, Huawei Bangladesh, were present.

Digital library at universities soon

Digital library at universities soon

DHAKA, Dec 18 (BSS) – The universities will soon enjoy digital library facilities, University Grants Commission (UGC) sources said today.

The decision was disclosed at a coordination meeting of Digital Library Consortium held at the UGC today with UGC Member Professor Dr M Muhibur Rahman in the chair.

The formation of the consortium is expected to bring qualitative changes with efficient access to wide ranging digital resources and services in the areas of quality enhancement of higher education in Bangladesh.

A digital library is system where collections are stored in digital formats (as opposed to print, microform, or other media) and is accessible through computers. The digital content may be stored locally, or accessed remotely via computer networks.

A number of international publishers are now offering trial access to their resources for the public and private universities in Bangladesh. During the trial period, the UGC will monitor and evaluate the usage of such resources by the universities.

UGC commissioned an investment study on digital library under Higher Education Quality Enhancement Project (HEQEP). The study has assessed the extent and need for electronic journals, books, peer-reviewed literature and other publications by the teachers and students.

It also reviewed the existing IT infrastructure and connectivity in the universities.

Chinese Yunnan province offers 20 scholarships

Chinese Yunnan province offers 20 scholarships

DHAKA, Dec 5 (BSS) – The Chinese Yunnan provincial government today offered scholarships for 20 Bangladeshi students from next year.

“We will offer 20 scholarships to qualified students at different colleges and universities in Yunnan Province from the next academic session,” Deputy Director General of Education Department of the provenience Yang Gonghe told Education Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser here.

Yang is now leading a 12-member delegation to Bangladesh and called on Education Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury at his office, said an official handout.

The Yunnan government will provide tuition fees, accommodation, food, treatment facilities and transportation to the students, who would be selected for the scholarships, the visiting team leader said.

Yang expressed his keen interest to provide assistance to Bangladesh youths to learn Chinese language.

Appreciating the proposal, the education secretary requested the Chinese delegation to send a concrete proposal regarding on it.

Govt. ensures 99.47 percent school enrolment of children: PM

Govt. ensures 99.47 percent school enrolment of children: PM

SANGSAD BHABAN, Nov 30 (BSS)-Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today told the House that 99.47 percent children are now going to schools as her government has taken various steps to ensure enrolment in educational institutions.

The Leader of the House made the remark replying to a question from treasury bench member Nasimul Alam Chowdhury during her question-answer session.

The Prime Minister said the present government has set up ‘Ananda Schools’ in 90 underdeveloped and small ethnic minority dominated upazilas at a cost of Tk 684.32 crore that has created scope for education of 0.75 million children of 7-18 age group.

“The government has also taken steps to set up 1,500 primary schools in villages where there are no schools,” she said adding that steps have already been taken to supply computers with Internet connection to 1,109 field-level offices of primary education to achieve the Vision-2021.

She said the government has reconstructed 3,143 primary school buildings and expanded 1,292 more at a cost of Tk 1000 crore. Besides, the government has constructed14,836 additional class rooms, 10 primary schools with student-hostel facilities in remote hill tracts, 375 primary schools cum cyclone shelters and 45 new resource centers, she said.

The government has renovated 93 resource centers, six upazila education offices and six primary training institutes (PTI) at a cost of Tk 1, 293 crore, she added.

The Prime Minister told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government has also set up ICT labs at 49 PTIs and provided four laptops and four multimedia to each of 55 PTIs. Laptops, multimedia and modems were also provided to 503 model government primary schools, she added.

The government has been providing 50,000 non-reflective boards and 5000 digital pianos with the assistance of Boo young, a Korean company, for encouraging cultural activities at primary school level, said the Prime Minister.

Besides, the government has been distributing biscuit among 20 lakh children in 96 upazilas, she said, adding that the number of students enjoying government stipend facilities increased to 78 lakh from 48 lakh.

The government has also distributed 1046,527 school bags and other education accessories, including pencil and books, among 1,66,150 working children of 6,646 schools in urban areas.

Nearly 4000 books to be made e-books every year

Nearly 4000 books to be made e-books every year

DHAKA, Nov 17 (BSS) – Nearly 4000 books of district and divisional level libraries in the country will be made e-books, the electronic version of the books, every year for digitizing the existing cumbersome library management system.

“The e-books to be linked to a central web portal would help creating a knowledge based society ensuring easy access to the readers on it,” National Project Director of UNDP-funded Support to Digital Bangladesh (A2I) Md Nazrul Islam Khan told a daylong workshop held at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) today.

Over 150 librarians of different government and non- government run libraries of the country participated in the workshop jointly organised by Support to Digital Bangladesh (A2I) of PMO and the Ministry of Cultural Affairs.

Nazrul Islam Khan, also the Private Secretary to the Prime Minister, said there are around 400 government and non-government libraries at district and divisional levels across the country.

“I am impressed to see that the librarians who are participating in the workshop have extended their full support to make at least 10 electronic versions (e-book) books of their libraries every year,” he added.

Nazrul Islam said the digitization of libraries and e-books will make available all books, journals and other study resources to the doorstep of common people, which will help enhance practice of knowledge.

“The prime objective of Digital Bangladesh is to ensure people’s access to all public services,” he said adding the initiative to launch online library management system would be another step towards the implementation of Digital Bangladesh.

Nazrul Islam said all the universities of the country would be advised to turn the books having no copyrights into electronic form to connect to the digital system.

“The books with copyrights can also be made e-books with permission from proper authorities,” he said.

Cultural Affairs Secretary Suraiya Begum, Director of Directorate of Public Library Md. Nur Hossain Talukder and Prof Dr M Nasiruddin Munshi of Information Science and Library Management Department of Dhaka University, among others, addressed the workshop.

City Editor of Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS) Ajit Kumar Sarkar and Director General of Press Institute of Bangladesh (PIB) Dulal Chandra Biswas were present on the occasion.

Nur Hossain said online library management system will create an excellent opportunity for book lovers of any corner in the country to make enlighten people as well as human resources.

All major libraries in the developed world already have gone online, which have played extraordinary role in disseminating knowledge among the people particularly researchers, teachers and students, Prof Nasiruddin said adding, “Now time has come to make our libraries into digitization. Otherwise we will lag behind in building an educated nation,” he added.

An official of Support to Digital Bangladesh said all the books in the public libraries, schools and universities would be made electronic in phases so people can read those from anywhere.