The process of introducing new curriculum in classes from pre-primary to higher secondary has been delayed by one more year, which means the students will not get textbooks under the curriculum even in the next year.
The decision was taken in a meeting between Primary and Mass Education Ministry and the Education Ministry on Thursday.
The meeting was attended by Education Minister Dipu Moni, State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Zakir Hossain and senior officials of the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB), Secondary and Higher Education Directorate, Primary Education Directorate.
According to the new decision, a trial to introduce new curriculum will be started in sixth and seventh grades at 100 educational institutions in 2022. Students of these classes will receive textbooks under the new curriculum next year in 2023.
The trial will also be started in first grade only at the primary education level in 100 institutions at the same time and students of the class will get textbooks under the new curriculum in 2023.
The authorities will decide next year on introducing new curriculum for the other classes.
An official of the Education Ministry, wishing anonymity, said that due to Covid pandemic it would not be possible to distribute books under the new curriculum from next year. It was decided in the meeting.
The NCTB started the work of formulating the new curriculum to bring major changes in education.
It was said that the task of writing new books will be completed by June after formulating new curriculum this month. Then the books will be printed and the textbooks will be given to the students according to the new syllabus at the beginning of next year.
But even though the month of April is coming to an end, the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education have not yet approved the outline of the new curriculum.
The NCTB sent the outline to the ministry for approval in November last year. But without approval, a few days ago, the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education instructed the NCTB to print primary level books according to the existing curriculum.
In these circumstances, the process of delivering books to the students under the new curriculum from next year became uncertain and so it was decided to be postponed in today's meeting.