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The current education policy was formed in 2010 and steps are being taken to reform and modernise it, Dipu said.

E-learning programme should run side-by-side with the classroom-based education system in future, she said, adding that “It would play a significant role in enhancing new skills of the students.”

The people of this country are “very tech-friendly”, she pointed out, and would not be daunted at all by the challenge of adopting e-learning, Dipu said.

Teaching profession should be made more attractive to bring meritorious people into this profession
Education minister Dipu Moni

Bangladeshis have overcome numerous obstacles so far and would also exhibit bravery to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the minister said.

The key obstruction to operate the online education is the mentality, the minister said, adding that ”Teaching profession should be made more attractive to bring meritorious people into this profession.”

“We have to improve infrastructure, education curriculum and skills of teachers as we would need skilled manpower in the upcoming days,” she added.

She urged the universities to carry out more research work in this matter.

National University VC professor Harun-ur-Rashid, American International University Bangladesh professor Carmen Z. Lamagna, Bangladesh Technical Education Board chairman Md Murad Hossain Molla, United International University professor Khawza Iftekhar Uddin Ahmed, North- South University professor Md Istiaq Azim joined in the webinar among others.

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