Speakers at a roundtable discussion underscoring the need for improving the standard of examination at institution level alongside public ones to ensure quality education.
They alleged that although thousands of students are being given GPA-5 in public examinations every year, the quality of education remains a far cry.
The government should immediately sit with educationists and academics to fix admission procedures of public and private universities in the country, said speakers at a roundtable.
They said although the nation was quite happy with candidates’ performances in the public examinations, the poor results obtained by students in admission tests, particularly for Dhaka University, have frustrated people, and raised questions about the quality of education.
Some speakers suggested the government bolster schools and colleges so that public examinations can be held under them instead of the education boards.
Dr. Badiul Alam Majumder, secretary at SHUJAN, said schools and colleges would be more accountable if they are allowed to hold public examinations under their own management.
Addressing the function, Education Secretary Nazrul Islam Khan said, “I personally think that to raise the standard of school and college-based examinations will be more fruitful than board examinations.”
If police are needed to guard the exam centers, it means that some problems lie there, he said adding that the better atmosphere will have to be ensured in schools and colleges to ensure quality education.
Former Vice-chancellor of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET Dr. Abdul Matin Patwari said the government has introduced the grading system imitating the United States without following its number distribution method.
He also suggested stopping coaching business for the sake of flourishing potentials of the students.
“The chaotic situation prevailing in the education system is manifestation of the country’s overall disorderly situation,” said Justice Qazi Ebadul Haque.
He said the situation would not improve until teachers become dedicated and committed towards their profession.
Media personality Muhammad Jahangir said questions were raised about whether the results of secondary and higher secondary examinations were realistic or artificially made.
He said there are allegations that the government asks teachers to be flexible when marking.
Dhaka University Professor Asif Nazrul said the education system is being destroyed by question paper leakage and teachers being allowed to be flexible when marking.
SHUJAN president and also former Adviser of the Caretaker Government M Hafizuddin Khan presided over the roundtable while its Secretary Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar moderated it. SHUJAN president calls for ensuring quality education in Bangladesh. Dilip Kumar Sarkar, chief coordinator of SHUJAN, read out the written statement.