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Readers’ Voice

09 November 2022

Education in mother tongue is necessary

There are about 50 tribal communities in Bangladesh.  Their number is 3 million.  There are also a total of 33 indigenous languages in this country with seven types of alphabets.  Due to the lack of an education system in their mother tongue, tribal children are forced to go to school to study in Bangla. Due to the lack of an education system in their own language, the dropout rate of tribal children from school is very high. A tribal child cannot and will not find his identity when he goes to school and learns another language.
The main characteristic element of the identity of every community is its mother tongue.  It is expected that along with the state single language and culture of the majority population in Bangladesh, the multi-language and culture of the indigenous people will be started.
As a result, people or civilization will lose its diversity.  A country will be deprived of its cultural diversity and richness. It is not desirable. The government should set up separate language academies to protect indigenous languages at the earliest.  It is necessary to protect the diversity by employing indigenous scholars and providing opportunities for research on the language-diversity and culture of different ethnic groups.

Abir Hasan Sujan
Department of Land Management and Law
Jagannath University

Ambiguous prescription writing

Despite the court and government directives, the unclear writing of doctors on patient prescriptions has not stopped. Drug dealers often make the mistake of trying to sell the right medicine because of the short name of the medicine. The patient has to suffer the negative consequences. In January 2017, the High Court directed to write the name of the drug clearly in the patient's prescription. The government also instructed the doctors to be aware of the matter as per the directions of the court. But still in most cases the prescription of patients is unclear. Even highly educated people find it difficult to understand the real name of medicine.
In recent times, many physicians are providing printed prescriptions. The handwriting of the doctors is often blurred due to seeing many patients in one sitting. However, to ensure the financial and physical protection of patients, the name of the drug needs to be written clearly and in capital letters. The kind attention of doctors of all levels of the country is expected on the above matter.

Abu Faruk
Sadar Bandarban

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