The government is going to provide unique identification card to over 3 crore students from pre-primary to XI grade to ensure smooth admission, book distribution, scholarships and school-feeding programmes.
The 10 or 16 digit identification numbers will be mentioned in the unique ID card for every student which will later be the number of National Identification card (NID). After introduction of it, there will be no need to collect information for NID separately. Officials related to the project said the work of the unique ID card is going on and its distribution among the students will start from 2020.In 2010, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued the directive in this regard to build a combined and active Civil Registration and Vital Statistics (CRVS) and asked to provide unique ID card to every citizen.
After eight years of the premier’s directive, the initiative was taken up to provide unique ID card to students and there will be more information in the card compared to that in the existing NID card.
The unique ID card initiative for the students will be implemented under two projects – “Formulation of Profiles for the Students at Primary Level” project and Establishment of Integrated Educational Information Management System (EIEIMS) project”.
Primary and Mass Education Ministry and Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS) are implementing the two projects respectively.
The activities to provide the unique ID card will be also conducted with the help of the local government division’s ‘Office of the Registrar General, Birth & Death’ and NID wing of the Election Commission.
Sources said profiles of about 1.87 crore students of pre-primary to fifth grade will be prepared under the project for the Students at Primary Level by the Primary and Mass education ministry.In March this year, the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) passed a project titled “Formulation of Profiles for the Students at Primary Level with Tk164.05 crore”.
Primary and Mass Education Ministry Secretary Md Akram-Al-Hossain said: “The project work has started. All the students of pre-primary to fifth grader will come under an electronic database where necessary information of the students will be preserved.”
“Every student will get an identification number which will be National ID card number of the student in future.”
He said the information of identification number of primary students will go to the authorities of secondary institution and later to the colleges gradually and the information will go to the NID wing when the students’ age will be 18 years.
There is no possibility of duplication of any information, and that is the aim of the project and every citizen will get unique ID card in due process, he added.
Under the CRVS, profiles of about 1.87 crore students of pre-primary to fifth grade will be prepared under the Formulation of Profiles for the Students at Primary Level project with Tk164.05 crore.
The project started in 2018 and is scheduled to be completed by December 2021.
Meanwhile, BANBEIS sources said around 1.5 crore students (11 to 17-year old students) of class VI to XI will get unique ID card from 2020.
BANBEIS is implementing a project titled “Establishment of integrated educational information management system”.
Ecnec recently approved the project of Tk313 crore. The government appointed Prof Shamsul Alam as the director of the project.
Prof Shamsul Alam said CRVS is a process where all the information of every citizen will be kept. The information of birth, death, causes of death, marriage, divorce and adoption is a part of CRVS internationally.
But Bangladesh will also include the information of migration, enrolment and service delivery along with the six information and it will be called CRVS plus plus, he said.
“It is a citizen data structure where all information of students will be preserved. Student will be able to admit into school and college just providing unique ID number and no further information will be needed.”
Prof Alam said all people will come under the database gradually and there will be no need of survey to know the number of population which will reduce time and expenditure.
He said students’ results and information of his personal life will be included. The database will help in recruitment process and the government offices will be able to know all information of student using just his UID number.
The project will not only help students, but also help the government to maintain accurate statistics of school dropouts.
BABBEIS officials said different government offices including local government division, statistics and information management department, health and family welfare ministry started work much earlier to implant CRVS but there was little progress due to inconsistency.
In 2013, the government took initiative to build up CRVS. Steering committee was formed in 2014 and CRVS secretariat formed at the cabinet in the following year.
Following the directive of steering committee, the CRVS secretariat is implementing the activities with the help of Prime Minister Office’s Access to information programme.