Manzoor Ahmed

June 27, 2022
June 27, 2022

Can a new law solve our educational problems?

The National Education Policy 2010 anticipated a comprehensive education law that would bring together existing laws and regulations under an umbrella to facilitate implementation of the policy.

June 13, 2022
June 13, 2022

Education in budget 2022-23: Small mercies and dashed hopes

Educators and concerned citizens have been urging a major increase in public allocation for the education sector.

May 25, 2022
May 25, 2022

Put education back on track

Educators in these columns have been asking for recovery and remedial actions to overcome the pandemic-induced learning losses that threaten a generational learning disaster.

May 10, 2022
May 10, 2022

Building social cohesion: How can education help?

French sociologist Emile Durkheim described social cohesion as organic solidarity arising from peoples’ dependence on each other in a modern society.

April 23, 2022
April 23, 2022

The playbook of student politics needs an overhaul

The tragedy of two innocent by-standers’ lives squandered, hundreds injured, shops damaged and burnt, and business worth crores of taka during the

April 12, 2022
April 12, 2022

Unpacking the story of missing students

The Annual Primary School Census (APSC) 2021 shows that enrolment in primary schools came down in 2021 from the previous year by almost 1.5 million, while the number of teachers decreased by over 83,000.

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.