CAMPE submits Civil Society Response on Education Act 2013 (draft) to the Hon’ble Minister of Education
A delegation from CAMPE comprising stakeholders from NGOs (including INGOs), Teacher Unions, Education Watch and other concerned groups met the Hon’ble Minister of Education Mr. Nurul Islam Nahid, MP and his team in his office this morning and submitted the compiled and edited version of Civil Society recommendations on the Education Act (draft) 2013. Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary of MoE and the DG/Chairman of concerned government agencies including NCTB, NAEM, Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka, DTE, DSHE were present.
During the meeting the Hon’ble Minister in his response to the Civil Society comments on punitive measures against teachers and the frequent use of the word “Punishment” assured everyone that they would consider replacing the word, since most people have expressed their reservation and consider it humiliating for teachers. He also mentioned that the government is going to place in the next parliament session, scheduled for September 12, a bill with provisions making it mandatory for educational institutions to get registered with the authorities concerned as per existing laws.
Representatives of both print and electronic media were present and asked relevant questions to the Minister and Civil Society Leaders present on the occasion.
Prior to this, feedback were collected from the field through CAMPE partner organizations- ALO (Natore), BRAC (Comilla), CARITAS (Sylhet), CODEC (Patuakhali), DAM (Jessore), Teacher Unions (Munshiganj), World Vision (Chittagong & Dinajpur) and Zabarang (CHT).Members of the Education Act Formulation Committee of the Ministry of Education attended some of the local level consultations. Two teams of volunteer resource persons, one under the leadership of Dr. Manzoor Ahmed of BRAC U-IED, another under the leadership of Prof Shafi Ahmed of Dhaka University, worked very hard to compile, review, analyze and edit the recommendations for submission to the Ministry. The volunteers were from Action-Aid Bangladesh, ASPBAE, CAMPE and INTERACTION.
It may be noted that the Education Ministry shared the draft Education Act 2013 last month on its website in order to get feedback from the people. CAMPE took this opportunity and organized a number of feedback workshops at both local and national levels.