Dismissing BNP's claim that there has been a remarkable progress in education sector, Opposition Awami League Monday accused the ruling alliance of establishing a reign of terror in educational institutions destroying academic atmosphere, reports UNB.
"There is no academic atmosphere in the country's educational institutions. Capturing halls in universities, session jam, killing pro-liberation teachers and students and politicisation have become too common," AL Joint General Secretary Obaidul Kader told a press conference.
The press conference was arranged at the party central office at Bangabandhu Avenue to protest BNP leader Tarique Zia's Monday's claim that the country's education sector has seen a remarkable progress during the last four years of the BNP government.
Obaidul Kader went on: "Tarique Zia has claimed that the students have been provided with textbooks in time this year, but the fact is that students in rural areas have not yet received their textbooks."
Kader alleged that questions of all BCS (Bangladesh Civil Service) examinations were leaked out and political affiliation had been the main criterion for getting a cadre job during the coalition regime.
About Tarique's claim that copying in examinations has stopped after the BNP-Jamaat coalition government came to power, Kader said, "If questions are leaked out before examinations, then copying is not necessary."
He claimed that the literacy rate had gone from 43 per cent up to 66 per cent during AL rule. "The then Prime Minister Shekh Hasina had provided special subsidy to different public universities to create IT specialists and initiated to set up 12 science and technology universities, but the alliance government has shelved nine such projects," the AL leader alleged.
AL leaders Abdul Mannan, Abdur Rahman, Abdul Mannan, Bahauddin Nasim, Jahangir Kabir Nanak and Mirza Azam MP, among others, were present at the press conference.