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POST TIME: 24 April, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 24 April, 2018 01:30:34 AM
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Edn ministry, Dhaka board at odds
HARUN UR RASHID

Edn ministry, Dhaka 
board at odds

The education ministry and the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka are at loggerheads over the possible inclusion of some provisions in the existing Intermediate and Secondary Education Ordinance, 1961. The Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka has expressed its dissatisfaction over the ministry’s intention to mainly insert two provisions in the ordinance, such as the requirement of the ministry’s prior permission for opening new educational institutions and increases in the number of members in the executive body of the board, sources said.

The ministry wants to insert the provisions while but the board feels uncomfortable over such steps, sources said. Sources in the ministry and Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka said the ministry had instructed the board to translate the existing Intermediate and Secondary Education Ordinance, 1961, from English to Bangla.

When this was done, the ministry wanted two provisions inserted in the ordinance—one, that the ministry’s prior permission is necessary for opening new educational institutions, and that the number of members of the executive body be increased to 13 from 11, wherein the additional district commissioner will head the committee.

Ministry sources said they want to place some restrictions on the opening of new educational institutions because according to their experience, many educational institutions have been opened haphazardly in the past with the permission of the board.

Against such a backdrop, the ministry then issued a circular saying that the ministry’s prior permission was necessary to open new educational institutions, the sources said.

The ministry now wants to insert this provision into the ordinance of a requirement of prior permission for opening new educational institutions in the hope of imparting some discipline.

Besides, the ministry wants to extend the number of members in the executive committee of the board headed by the additional deputy commissioner to oversee the overall activities of the board.

Board sources said they have another committee, led by an additional deputy commissioner. If the additional commissioner is included in their executive body, it will affect the existence of the committee.

Against such a situation, officials of the ministry and the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka are going to sit across the table today at the education ministry. The meeting will be headed by the secretary of the Secondary and Higher Education Division, Md Sohorab Hossain.

Board sources said all matters will be discussed at the meeting to reach a settlement to finalise the amendment. Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, Dhaka Chairman Md Ziaul Haque told The Independent on Monday that the ordinance related to intermediate and secondary education has been translated into Bangla from English to ensure better understanding and uphold the spirit of the Bangla language. “We have a meeting today. The meeting will discuss various other matters. Nothing can be said right now,” he added. Asked about the insertion of the prior permission of the ministry for opening new educational institutions, he said, “Earlier, the board alone used to give permission after visiting the educational institutions. But now the ministry does it and asks us to conduct the visits. All these matters will be discussed at the meeting.” He also said that as all educational boards have almost the same ordinance in English, these will be made into Bangla.