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Dipu Moni for maintaining pace of development in education sector

  • Published at 09:15 pm January 7th, 2019
File photo of Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni Mahmud Hossain Opu/Dhaka Tribune

Moni, also the first ever female education minister

Newly appointed Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni has said she will work under the guidance of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to maintain the pace of development in the education sector.

“Education is an important sector and as a minister I would work sincerely in maintaining the policy and objectives of the government,” Moni said after taking oath at Bangabhaban on Monday, reports BSS.

Moni, who held the Ministry of Foreign Affairs during 2009-2013 tenure of the Awami League, expressed her optimism that she would be successful in steering this ministry as the prime minister is leading the country with her visionary and dynamic leadership.

She said: “The people of Bangladesh expect a lot from us as they have enough confidence in us. The prime minister has already transformed the country into a developing one. 

“So, we are very hopeful that we could achieve our goals in the education sector alongside other sectors.”

Moni, the first ever female education minister

Dr Moni is the first female education minister of the country.In the 2008 general election Moni was also the first female to become a foreign minister.

According to the Education Ministry website, from 1971 till now, a total of 33 people ran the ministry and Moni is the first female minister.

Chandpur Govt College Vice-Principal Atish Baran Das said: “This is good news for us. I believe Dr Moni will do very well as the education minister, as she is very cordial towards educational institutions and teachers.

“She has, in the past, always willingly supported all kinds of development work which the education institutes in our areas needed.”

Chandpur Puran Bazar Degree College Principal Ratan Kumar Majumder said: “As teachers we are feeling very proud for her (Moni). She is very capable, and has gained fame, not only in our country, but in the international arena as well.”

“She herself is a teacher. She very honest and kind hearted too.”

Dr Moni became MP for the first time in the 9th general election in 2008 from the Chandpur 3 constituency. During her time as foreign minister, Bangladesh had gained huge victory in the international maritime boundary dispute with neighbouring countries.

After becoming MP in the 10th parliamentary session she was the chairman of the Foreign Ministry related Parliamentary Committee.

Additional reporting done by Dhaka Tribune Chandpur correspondent Md Ibrahim