Compulsory Primary Education
The meaning of Compulsory Primary Education is that all the children up to the age of 10 must complete their education up to the level of class v. Its purpose is to impart knowledge of reading, writing, and simple Arithmetic.
Why Compulsory Primary Education:
Illiteracy is a curse. It is the root cause of poverty. No development programme can attain success due to illiteracy. On the other hand, education is the backbone of a nation. It removes darkness and enlightens minds. It also shows how malnutrition, hunger, and disease can be overcome. If the citizens of a country are give the right type of education, they will be able to solve the economic, social, and political problems of their country. Hence all the children of a country like ours must be give education up to a certain level. Therefore, universal primary education has become a vital national issue.
Some Important Points:
Bangladesh beset with many problems. So it is very difficult to educate all the people within a short time. A larger portion of the children has not yet got the opportunity to go to primary schools. There are about 44000 primary schools in our country which are not sufficient to provide accommodation for all the children. Considering all these problems, primary education should be made free and compulsory.
In order to make the compulsory:
In order to make the compulsory free primary education program successful, we have to eradicate the problems that stand in the way of it. Firstly the parents should be made to realize the importance of education. The poor students should be provided with books, pens, dresses, etc. free of cost. In order to build up good and efficient teachers, training facilities should be arranged.
The government of our country has taken some steps to remove illiteracy from society. The year 1992 has started as the year for universal education. For this purpose, one thana has been selected in every district. All other thanas will be brought under this program by phases. The government has also taken a vigorous campaign programme to motivate parents to send their children to schools. The government has also launched a food for an education program to inspire poor parents to send their children to schools. Textbooks are also supplied to the students free of cost. Again UNESCO, BRAC, ASHA and many other organizations have come forward to wipe out illiteracy from the country.
The prosperity and progress of our nation depend upon the complete removal of illiteracy. For that implementation of compulsory free primary education has become a crying need. If we are to take a rightful place in the world, we have to spend all our resources and energies to this great purpose without wasting time any more.