Bangladesh’s new curriculum wins praises. Are teachers ready for the challenge?
The rollout of the new curriculum will begin in 2022 and by 2025 students will experience a new world of schooling without exams up to Class III, Education Minister Dipu Moni said earlier this month.
The government has added more classwork assessments with no distinctions in the streams of science, arts and business studies in classes IX and X.
In line with the outline of the new national curriculum, students will be assessed in classes and have a comprehensive evaluation.
“Learning will be fun. The burden of subjects and textbooks will be less,” Dipu Moni said.
The new system aims to wean students off rote learning and focuses on class activities — a way to deepen the understanding of subjects.
Experts say the changes are much needed for a more effective and reality-based education system, but the government needed more review before bringing big changes.
Professor Serajul Islam Choudhury welcomed the scrapping of exams, saying the move will reduce pressure on students and costs.
“It is wrong to make the students focus on tests, guidebooks and private coaching in the name of public exams.”
Father Hemanta Peus Rosario, principal of Notre Dame College in Dhaka, says learning with reduced exams will be fun for the children.