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Educationalists for abolishing MCQ method
Educationalists on Thursday recommended abolishing the Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) method in public examinations and banning the use of notebooks and guidebooks.
They also underscored the need for making the textbooks easier through amending the curriculum and taking examination after making a question bank.
The recommendations came at a views-exchange meeting on the improvement of the quality of secondary education at the Cirdap auditorium.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid who was present at the meeting said they will formulate an action plan as per the recommendations.
Renowned educationalist Prof Abdullah Abu Sayeed lamented that even teachers could not make creative question papers. “They’re seeking help from guidebooks.”
He suggested making a question bank centrally and supplying question papers from it across the country.
Former Bangladesh Bank Governor Dr Mohammad Farasuddin suggested completing any public examination within 7-10 days.
Prof Mohammed Zafar Iqbal said textbooks should be written in such a way so that students need not read other books and go to teachers for tuition.
Former caretaker government adviser Rasheda K Chowdhury said as the primary education has been extended to Class-VII, so the education up to the 8th grade must be made mandatory and free.
She also suggested abolishing the MCQ method in the public examinations.
Education Secretary Sohrab Hossain moderated the programme.
Economist Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad, former caretaker government adviser Sultana Kamal, Dhaka University teacher Siddikur Rahman, Director Gneral of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education Fahima Khatun and Prof Emeritus of BRAC University Manzoor Ahmed, among others, spoke.