Admission to primary school can be done at the age of four চার বছর বয়সেই ভর্তি হওয়া যাবে প্রাথমিক বিদ্যালয়ে. On an experimental basis, a two-year pre-primary education program is being started this year. If the child is four years old, he can be admitted to primary school. The National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) has completed the necessary preparations in this regard. NCTB member (primary curriculum) Prof Dr. AKM Reazul Hasan confirmed the matter to reporters on Wednesday( January 11).
Reazul Hasan said that the experimental pre-primary level will be introduced in the two-year primary school from the current academic year for children above the age of four years. Necessary learning materials and teacher guidelines have been prepared for this. This year, it will be launched in 3,214 educational institutions. Then in 2024, it will be launched in all primary-level educational institutions in the country. There are 65,620 government primary schools.
Pre-primary education was first introduced in the country in 2010 on a small scale. Then in 2014, one-year pre-primary education was started in all government primary schools. For so long, the one-year pre-primary education level was in place for children aged five to six years. Now children of four years of age can go to government primary school. In English medium and kindergarten, play, nursery, and KG classes fall within the pre-primary level.
Recently, an official order signed by Shah Rezwan Hayat, director general of the Directorate of Primary Education, said that teachers trained in pre-primary education will conduct pre-primary classes for two years in their respective schools. He will teach in another class of the school after conducting pre-primary classes for a period of two years. At the beginning of the year, a routine should be formulated by incorporating these activities. By conducting a 2023 survey of the catchment area in the selected government primary schools for pre-primary, all children above the age of four years will take initiative to enroll in pre-primary classes.
The office order also states that the pre-primary class will be run with 30 children above the age of four years. However, if the number of admitted children is more than 30, they will have to create opportunities for pre-primary education through alternative arrangements (opening of multiple branches).