The Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said that the coaching centres and guidebooks will have to be approved by the Ministry of Education. “They can only operate under the strict guidance of the Ministry after they have been approved,” said the minister at the inauguration of Interactive Digital Madrasa Textbook at the International Mother Language Institute, Segunbagicha.
This provision has been proposed in the draft of the Education Act 2016 published in April has garnered numerous concerns from experts initially banned coaching centres and guide books. The minister further stated that the act will take into consideration public opinion.
Experts criticised the draft of the Education Act 2016 that legalizes the shadow industry of coaching centres, guide books and private tuition upon approval of the National Curriculum textbooks (NCTB).
They said that this provision will further exasperate the problem of hyper commercialized education, demanding the draft be taken under serious consideration.
The experts opined that this provision will make teachers prioritize their own coaching centres as opposed to doing their jobs in schools properly, furthermore the guidebooks do not allow students to learn how to critically think and analyze rather just memorize their answers which takes away from the entire purpose of getting an education.