Manzoor Ahmed

March 21, 2022
March 21, 2022

50 Years of Brac: An education legacy lighting the way

It hardly needs saying that the towering personality of Sir Fazle Hasan Abed left its indelible mark on Brac’s vision, mission and programmes in all the areas of development in which the organisation has been engaged.

February 13, 2022
February 13, 2022

Learning loss from Covid-19: Can a generational threat be averted?

The United Nations has called it the “longest disruption to education in history” worldwide. In Bangladesh, schools remained closed non-stop for 543 days from March 17, 2020 to September 11, 2021.

February 9, 2022
February 9, 2022

Schools should remain open—then what?

Schools re-opened on September 12 last year on a limited basis after 542 days of closure.

January 26, 2022
January 26, 2022

Campus in Turmoil: The playbook must change

A sadly familiar playbook has been on display once again at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST). Students have been on “fast-unto-death” in front of the vice-chancellor’s residence.

January 6, 2022
January 6, 2022

Should Covid caution supersede learning loss action?

On September 12, 2021, schools in Bangladesh reopened after 18 months of Covid-19 closure—partially, with restrictions.

December 24, 2021
December 24, 2021

Our education in the next 50 years

It has been a season of reviewing and reminiscing about the past 50 years since independence and projecting into the future with expectation and hope.

December 12, 2021
December 12, 2021

Education and The Pandemic: The ostrich syndrome is not the answer

The proverbial ostrich buries its head in the sand in the face of danger, assuming that if it cannot see the hazard, the hazard does not exist or will disappear.

November 19, 2021
November 19, 2021

PECE Exam Board: What it says about decision-making in education

The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education has doubled down on its insistence not only to continue the nationwide Primary Education Completion Examination (PECE) at the end of Grade 5, but giving it a permanent institutional form by proposing the establishment of an examination board to conduct it.

November 9, 2021
November 9, 2021

Improving education needs the right kind of political strategies

The elections held in the US in the first week of November this year had state and local representatives, including two governors, mayors and school board members, up for selection.

October 5, 2021
October 5, 2021

Teachers also need support for learning loss recovery

We all can recall from our student days one or more teachers who touched our lives in a special way. They inspired us to aspire higher and served as our role models.