Launching of Education Watch Report 2014
The Education Watch Report 2014 titled ‘Whither Grade V Examination? An Assessment of Primary Education Completion Examination in Bangladesh’ was launched on 19 August 2015 in Dhaka at the LGED-RDEC auditorium. This thirteenth Education Watch explored the Primary Education Completion Examination (PECE). The study identified and discussed the pros and cons of PECE and suggested policy recommendations for the future. The report was prepared on the basis of a survey of 5,375 students from 578 educational institutions in 150 upazilas and municipalities.
According to the report, after the introduction of the PECE, education at primary level turned exam-centric with rote memorization and drilling becoming synonymous with studying and guidebooks pushing out textbooks. In its recommendation, the report emphasized quality classroom teaching and formative assessment, stopping malpractices in schools and in exam halls, support and respect to teachers and their empowerment.
The launching ceremony was presided over by Dr.Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, Chairman, Palli Karma Sahayak Foundation (PKSF), Primary and Mass Education Minister Mr. Mostafizur Rahman was present as the chief guest, while Secretary of Ministry of Primary and Mass Education was present as the special guest. The inaugural speech was given by the Executive Director of CAMPE, Rasheda K Chowdhury. Mr Samir Ranjan Nath of BRAC Research and Evaluation Division delivered the key findings of the report. The vice chairperson of BRAC, Dr Ahmed Mushtaque Raza Chowdhury was also present of the occasion.
RED has been engaged with Education Watch since its inception in 1998. Education Watch is a civil society initiative to monitor educational progress in the country. This project has been hosted by the Campaign for Popular Education on behalf of the broader civil society groups.