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No scope to spare arsonists: PM

Staff Reporter:

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said there is no chance to spare the arsonists in protecting the lives and properties of the people.
“Steps will be taken against those who are involved in arson violence and vandalism. There is no option to forgive them,” she said while formally unveiling the results of Higher Secondary Certifi-cate (HSC) and equivalent examinations.
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni and chairmen of all education boards earlier handed over the summery of the results of the HSC and equivalent examinations of 2023 to the premier.
Sheikh Hasina said BNP became isolated from the masses soon after it started resorting to arson violence in the name of movement to dislodge the government.
“We will take measures against those who are involved in arson violence and will ensure people’s safety and security,” she said
Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni and Deputy Education Minister Mohibul Hassan Chowdhoury spoke on the occasion.
Sheikh Hasina posed a question that what should the government do with the arsonists or who order or finance the arson violence?
“Will we welcome them with wreaths or will the law enforcement agencies take proper action against them? If we don’t take action against them, they will continue the arson violence,” she said.
The premier also criticized those who raises question about the arrest of arsonists, saying, “I see, many people crying why they (arsonists) are arrested but they (critics) don’t call on the arson ter-rorists, killers of police and people to stop their awful deeds”.
“We, for sure, will take proper actions against the persons who are engaged in such destructive acts for people’s interest. We’ll have to protect the people,” she said, adding that the law enforcement agencies continue taking steps.
She also expressed her hope that good sense will come to them.
The prime minister asked the education ministry to consider alternative system for the students who couldn’t attend the annual examinations due to BNP’s strike and blockade to facilitate contin-uation of their academic activities.
She, as well, extended sincere thanks to all concerned in publishing the results of HSC and equiva-lent exams within stipulated 60 days.
Sheikh Hasina said her government is focusing on research, science and technology based educa-tion.
“We’re paying special attention to attract students to science and technology based education,” she added.
The premier said an initiative has been taken to establish a government technical school and col-lege in every upazila.
Apart from this, four engineering colleges, 23 polytechnic institutes, four women polytechnic in-stitutes and two new survey institutes are being established in the country, she said.
She greeted the successful students in the exams, their guardians, teachers and other staff of the educational institutions.
Turning to unsuccessful candidates, the head of the government asked them not to be upset rather take better preparation for the next time. “There is nothing to worry,” she said.
She requested the guardians and teachers to show sympathy towards unsuccessful students and motivate them to pay more attention to study.
About the transgender community, Sheikh Hasina asked the school and college authorities not to humiliate or neglect the third gender people in giving jobs or enrolment in the institutions.
She also called upon the guardians not to see their third gender child as unwanted in the society, rather think of them as a member of the family and to ensure equal scopes for them.
Focusing on the AL government’s success in the education sector, she said they raised the literacy rate to 76.08 percent now from 45 percent, facing natural disasters, arson violence and Covid-19 pandemic since 2009.
Some 5,097 educational institutes — 1,758 junior secondary and 2, 629 secondary schools, 226 school and colleges, 379 colleges, 105 degree colleges– were enlisted under the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) during the three consecutive terms of the Awami League government, the prime minister mentioned.

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