Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Logo
Friday, May 25, 2018 10:48:47 AM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Aspiration for a new hike in education

By
16th-May-2018       
Comments
Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Abul Quasem Fazlul Huq :
Fundamental Change in both the policy and the system of education in Bangladesh is essential. It is an urgent demand of the time. The process of such change must start with the effort from the learned thinkers. With foresighted ideas and thoughts they may first identify the desired nature of education policy and the structure of education system. As these two basic concerns are set, the actions required for bringing about the changes in education in Bangladesh would be possible to identify. It will be a gradual process, however, will certainly be achieved having the specific desired policy and structure of education set firmly at the initial stage. It will be a long-term movement with active participation of all the stakeholders, specifically the teachers, students and guardians playing the central role. The students in tertiary education will be the catalyst in stimulating the process.
In this era of advanced technology, increase in labor force, production and wealth is the reality. However, the shocking reality is the decline of moral values in private and public spheres everywhere; decline of justice and development of the culture of injustice. Human qualities are disappearing. All these are resulting in decline of every system of the state. While we all aspire for a better future, there is no alternative to adequate reform of all the systems of the state to ensure a better future.    
In the prevailing situation in education and the nature of the state organs and their systems, the expected changes will not be easy to achieve. Those who expect changes must take the initiative. With strong commitment and painstaking tenacity they will have to formulate action plan; revise the action plan time to time and carry on working on the basis of priority. At the initial stage the following issues may be taken into consideration.
There should be countrywide uniformity in primary education. Primary education should be confined within Class V. Central emphasis should be particularly in improvement of quality. Primary education is the foundation of future education in humanities, science, commerce, medicine, agriculture and engineering and technology. Naturally it deserves highest importance. Public examination in Class V and Class VIII should immediately be abolished. The head master/ mistress of every school should be given the authority to issue certificates to those who pass the examinations from the school and the government should give recognition to these certificates. A golden age emerged in the business of coaching centres and guide books as a result of introducing these two public examinations. These two examinations and coaching centre and guide book bases education have destroyed the basic foundation of children for future education. Primary education in this way is not a process of learning rather is just preparing for examinations for a GPA 5.
The so called creative method of examination is to be substituted by one that will create attraction for learning, love of knowledge, patriotism, better sense of citizenship and urge for better life and better world. The system of writing descriptive answers to questions is to be re-examined, improved and re-introduced. Education should be a matter of joy for the students as well as for the teachers. In the present time, students enter the school as inquisitive knowledge-seekers, however, in short span of time they become anxious examinees, only struggling for good grades, GPA 5. With the heavy burden of books in the back pack they no longer remain learners and knowledge-seekers but become over burdened kids with unhealthy mind and distorted creativity. Their normal development gets hampered and human qualities never gets explored to the optimum potential. The true purpose of education is absent in the existing education system and policy. This must not continue as it is.
Those who want English medium education for their sons and daughters to make them citizens of USA, UK, Canada, Australia and some other countries, have the opportunity to send their children to English medium schools run by British council and the government of UK. They do not allow the children to think about the existence of Bangladesh as a culturally rich and historically respectful country. The feeling of ownership of the country is much less evident among the students of these schools. They live in their own world where the problems of the people of the country don't exist.
It is to be remembered that those who repeatedly speak of world standard are blind followers of western imperialist policy. They don't think of the problems facing the country and the people. Those who have dual citizenship, whose spouse or children are dual citizens should not be allowed to become the President, Prime Minister, Minister, Additional Secretary, Secretary, Judge, Professors, etc. that are nationally important posts of Bangladesh. There should be provision in the Constitution to get this done. The education policy of Bangladesh must ensure the fulfillment of the aspiration of a high standard of life and qualified citizens and a strong nation. The basis for building the nation and state will be unity in diversity and welfare for all. About globalization wrong ideas are prevailing. They do not understand the authoritative role of the World Bank, IMF, State Department of the USA, G-7., World Trade Organization, NATO, etc. over globalization.
English version should be abolished immediately. The English version schools run by the government are much inferior in teaching standard and the books are poor in quality.
The expansion of Bengali Language in both primary and secondary education is a burning need. All the children of the country don't need to learn English. Considering national need a specific number of schools should be allowed to teach English and a few other foreign languages. With a few exceptions, most of the countries of the world don't require all their children to learn English. The content and style of teaching English as provided in the books by National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) requires undergoing revisions and reorganization. At the tertiary level, a student must learn at least one foreign language with good competency. The knowledge of foreign language should be used to enrich Bengali language and Bengali word stock.
Every child should get primary education. Considering the reality, along with the regular curriculum, there should be one specialized livelihood ensuring skill training or technical education after the completion of Class V and anther after the completion of Class VIII. This will certainly address the problem of drop out. The division of science, arts and commerce at the secondary level should be abolished and an uniform curriculum for all the students of secondary level should be introduced. At the higher secondary level, the segregations of science, arts and commerce should continue. In both primary and secondary level the history of Bengali people, civics and ethics should be made compulsory. The syllabus, textbooks and contents of the mainstream Bengali medium in all the levels- primary, secondary and higher secondary should be improved. The syllabus of the higher secondary education should be revised to serve as the consolidated base for tertiary education of any branch- arts, science, commerce, social sciences, medicine, agriculture, engineering and technology, etc. To ensure education for the poor, provision sufficient scholarship should be there. On the other hand, the high achievers should be awarded to be encouraged.
The mainstream Bengali medium education in both primary and secondary level is highly faulty and subject to negligence. If the Bengali medium undergoes improvement, the Madrasa stream will be encouraged for betterment. The source of all the anomalies in our education system is due to the poor quality of the mainstream Bengali medium.
In case of Madrasa, the opinions of the relevant stakeholders should be considered seriously. In the existing situation, the strategy should be to avoid conflict and to maintain a peaceful co-existence to ensure progress. All these should be done within the jurisdiction of the Constitution.
At the tertiary level, dropping the semester system, the yearly course system should be reintroduced. The results should be in grade point. The researchers should be given the highest authority to conduct research. Dropping the twenty-year strategy for higher education, a new higher education strategy financed by the government based on nationalism and corresponding internationalism should be introduced. The budget allocation for education should be raised.
Bengali language should be used in every official communication in higher education, research, judiciary, banks, everywhere as the national language. For the expansion of use of Bengali language, long-term national strategy needs to be formulated and implemented. As Bengali is rarely used in higher education, research, judiciary, banks, etc. such strategy and implementation of it is of burning need. Considering the prevalence of Bengali, other languages of the indigenous groups, religious language, and other foreign languages, a national language policy should be adhered. The genuine intellectuals should take the lead in thinking and opining on these issues.
The education policy and education system should be restructured in such a manner that
i) a work force emerge from within the whole country through specialized livelihood training / technical education that will be capable, skilled, productive, and strong in character.
ii) sufficiently educated citizens become available to establish Bangladesh as a strong state and to lead and manage the country.
iii) genuine intellectuals and creative people can emerge in the disciplines of philosophy, science, history, literature, art and technology, etc.
There is a lot to do that should be done gradually. Though Bangladesh is facing many problems and obstacles on the way, it has immense opportunity ahead. Gradually all these opportunities will be unlocked. The people need to engage to realize the opportunities. With an adopted strategy, people should unite to implement that. For the reform of the national education system and policy, specific clear goal and action plan should lead the way. If the government takes the reform strategy, both the government and the citizens can work for it. If not, there will be a movement, movement for a national education system and education policy that meet the aspiration of the people. The whole education system should be nationalized.
This article contains only a few issues to be considered for an educational reform. Changes will be gradual and long term. Many more important issues are to be taken into consideration for further development.
(Political analyst former  Professor, Dhaka University)

Tariff
Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Editorial »

Hasina`s India visit and getting water from Teesta


INDIA has kept talks on sharing of water of common rivers with Bangladesh stalled for over eight years holding back the signing of interim agreements on Teesta and Feni Rivers and making negotiations on five more rivers uncertain. India has been declining since 2010 to hold a water resources ministers-level ...

Entertainment »

Being an outsider, Kriti Sanon makes a mark in the industry


Being an outsider from Delhi, Kriti Sanon has carved a niche for herself in the industry in just a few years. As Heropanti celebrates its four year anniversary today, Kriti Sanon who ventured into B-town with the Sajid Nadiadwala film clocks four years in Bollywood. Over the years, Kriti Sanon ...

Entertainment »

Mithila`s two new TVCs Sheikh Arif Bulbon


Popular model and TV actress Mithila has performed as a model in two new TV commercials. She has also taken part in photo session of fashion designer Nazia Hasan Aditi’s boutique house, Adriana’s some wears. During Eid fashion lovers will get to buy wears of Adriana those were dressed by ...

Cricket »

Taskin likely to miss Windies Series


Sports Reporter :Pacer Taskin Ahmed is likely to miss the upcoming West Indies Series. Taskin has been suffering from shoulder injury for a long time. But he has maintained his running and gym-session. He has also taken part in the bowling and fielding practice. But He cannot recovery from injury. ...

Football »

Brazil's Flamengo Leo Duarte (right) fights for the ball with Argentina's River Plate Ignacio Scocco during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Buenos Aires, Argentina on Wednesday.


Football »

Roberto Chacon of Venezuela's Monagas (left) fights for the ball with Striker Diego Churin of Paraguay's Cerro Portenoduring a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Asuncion, Paraguay on Wednesday.


City »

President Abdul Hamid joined an Iftar Mahfil hosted by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain on the Supreme Court premises and exchanging pleasantries on Thursday.


International »

Hariri on track to become PM for third time


Reuters, Beirut :Lebanon's Saad al-Hariri is on track to become prime minister for a third time after winning the backing of a majority of MPs in official consultations on Thursday, and is expected to launch negotiations on a coalition government.The post of prime minister is reserved for a Sunni Muslim ...

Editorial »

About Rohingya children`s bleak future


FOLLOWING numerable foreign dignitaries, ministers, bureaucrats, Nobel laureates and the Pope -  a Bollywood celebrity  visited the Rohingya camps  commenting that the future of Rohingya children is deeply uncertain. The Indian actress and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Priyanka Chopra said Rohingya children can have a chance in the future only with ...

Football »

Diego Gonzalez of Argentina`s Racing Club (left) fights for the ball with Lucas Romero of Brazil's Cruzeiro during a Copa Libertadores soccer match in Belo Horizonte, Brazil on Tuesday.


Cricket »

South Africa's AB de Villiers retires from international cricket


South Africa's star batsman AB de Villiers on Wednesday announced he was retiring from all international cricket after a 14-year career. "I have decided to retire from all international cricket with immediate effect," he said in a statement. "After 114 Test matches, 228 ODI's and 78 T20 Internationals, it is ...

City »

Principal Golum Mahmudunnabi Dollar speaking at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club on Wednesday demanding implementation of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's assurance for MPOs of the institutions in the upcoming national budget 2018-19.


Entertainment »

Amyra Dastur joins Kangana, Rajkummar for Mental Hai Kya


The young actress Amyra Dastur after making her impact in the south film industry is set to impress Bollywood with the announcement of multiple projects this year. Amyra received rave reviews for her performance in Kaalakandi early this year with Saif Ali Khan is now seems to have an interesting ...

Entertainment »

Tazin buried at her father`s grave


Entertainment Report :Popular TV actress and host Tazin Ahmed was buried in the city’s Banani graveyard on Wednesday afternoon. She was laid to rest at her father’s grave at about 2:50pm following a namaz-e-janaza at Gulshan Azad Mosque after Zohr prayers.  Tazin died of cardiac arrest at Regent Hospital in ...

International »

Speculation mounts over US push for Iran regime change


AFP, Washington :Speculation is swirling over the prospect of US willingness to push regime change in Tehran, as US officials including Washington's top diplomat urge Iranians to "choose for themselves" their government."The Iranian people get to choose for themselves the kind of leadership they want," Secretary of State Mike Pompeo ...

 
Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
 
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Email:
Write a comment to this news