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Be wise, not clever: Inu

DHAKA, May 17, 2017 (BSS) - Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu said today that it was important to be wise rather than being clever.

"When I was young I thought it was important to be clever but when I gained in years I realized it was more important to be wise," he told a meeting arranged by "Education Time", a new publication.

Explaining the role of education, the minister said that it was important to impart education. "Children should gather knowledge from their schools and colleges and not from coaching centers, " the minister said.

The government, he said, was doing its best to do that but it needed an all-out effort by society including guardians to achieve the goal.

"Our education system was instilling some skills but could not generate patriotism among the students," he said.

Explaining its fall-outs, he said that it was the reason why the system was producing killers like Matiur Rahman Nizami, Golam Azam and Khondoker Mushtaque.

"If there was patriotism then politics and society would be cleaner and devoid of treacherous elements. Power would change hands but between patriotic elements and it would never go to Razakars and military rulers" he said.

Emphasizing the role of the use of mother tongue and its proper use, he said that there was no substitute to it. "English as a global lingua franca was important and it too needs to be cultivated but not at the expense of the mother tongue," Inu added.

He harshly criticized the distortion of the language including its pronunciation, particularly in the mass media. He appreciated Bangladesh Betar for using the language properly.