The premier put emphasis on further strengthening the training programme
for the teachers. “Training is being imparted to teachers, but this should be
strengthened further … we want to move keeping pace with era,” she said.

Referring to the introduction of PEC, JSC and other equivalent
examinations, she said these exams help children raise self confidence by
removing fear about public examinations.

The prime minister said her government has given the highest importance to
education for building a developed and prosperous nation by rooting out
poverty, saying that no nation can achieve its desired goal without

She said her government has been doing everything necessary for creating
an educated generation to advance the country towards desired target.

Terming education as assets, Sheikh Hasina advised the students to develop
themselves as well-educated saying none can steal or snatch education.

The premier said, soon after the independence, Bangabandhu government had
given top priority to education as well as made primary education compulsory
and nationalised huge number of primary schools.

She mentioned that her party formulated education policy after
consultations with experts and holding seminars, symposiums and discussion
meetings with all stakeholders.

Besides, she said, steps have been taken to distribute free textbooks,
provide the students with stipends and introduce school feeding program,
while multimedia classrooms have also been set up at their schools and

Sheikh Hasina said the country’s independence was achieved in exchange for
blood of three million martyrs.

“Bangabandhu liberated Bangladesh with a goal of establishing a hunger and
poverty-free country … his dream will be materialised when we could
establish Sonar Bangla free from hunger and poverty,” she said.

The prime minister also reiterated her determination to establish
Bangladesh as a dignified nation on the world stage. “We want to move keeping
our head high, not begging to others,” she said.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and Minister for Primary and Mass
Education Advocate Mostafizur Rahman also spoke, while Education Secretary
Sohrab Hossain moderated the function.

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid handed over the results of JSC and JDC
examinations, while Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman
formally handed over the PEC and Ebtedayee results to the Prime Minister.

Commerce Minister Tofail Ahmed, Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing
Committee on the Primary and Mass Education Ministry Motahar Hossain, PM’s
Principal Secretary Dr Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury and Press Secretary
Ihsanul Karim were present on the occasion, among others.

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