Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hasan Chowdhury Nawfel termed the remarks of Hefazate Islam ameer regarding girls’ education as his own opinion and not consistent with the state policy.
Nawfel said this while exchanging views with journalists at his Chashma Hill Residence in the port city on Saturday.
It may be mentioned that Hefazate Islam Ameer Shah Ahmed Shafi, also director of Darul Ulum Moinul Islam Madrasha in Hathazari, in an annual event of the madrasha on Friday took promise from parents for not sending their daughters to the school and college.
He also said girls should not receive schooling beyond grade IV or V because education would make them disobedient.
Without mentioning the name of Hefazate ameer, Deputy Minister Nawfel said he doesn’t have any executive charge in education policy formulation, education management or education sector in Bangladesh.”
“Since, he is not in a position to make any decision, there is no ground to think that his opinion will be included or reflected in state policy.
“Many such people in the society give a lot of views as any citizen of the country has the freedom of speech. He has the right to express his thoughts,” he said.
“But, we who practice the freedom of expression should keep in mind that equal rights of all have been ensured in the constitution. We should not make discriminatory comment,” said the minister.
Communalism in textbooks will destroy stability in the society, he observed.
Awami League believes in secular political ideology, he said laying emphasis on non-communal and secular curriculum.
Putting up necessity of establishing new government schools in Chattogram, he informed that opinions from field level also emphasised on nationalising the good private schools.
Chattogram Zila Parishad Chairman MA Salam, Chattogram Press Club President Kalim Sarwar, General Secretary Suklal Das, Chittagong Union of Journalists President Nazimuddin Shyamal, Chittagong North District Awami League Vice President Gias Uddin and Education and Human Resources Affairs Secretary Bedarul Alam Chowdhury Bedar, among others, were present at the meeting.