Manzoor Ahmed

October 5, 2020
October 5, 2020

World Teachers’ Day: Time to rethink teaching to salvage our education

Does Bangladesh education need salvaging? The official narrative is equivocal. Most young children are in primary school. The system has expanded to comprise 40 million students, over 200,000...

September 18, 2020
September 18, 2020

How ready are we to reopen schools?

The end of the pandemic is not quite in sight. Schools have remained closed for a full six months now since March 17.

August 16, 2020
August 16, 2020

A quick and right exam decision

The decision to recommend by concerned ministries to the government to scrap primary level PEC and junior secondary level JSC exams as reported in the press is welcome news (Daily Star, August 12,...

July 16, 2020
July 16, 2020

When and how can schools reopen?

On June 14, the ministry of education extended school closure, imposed on March 18 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, to August 6. Earlier, the prime minister had said the closure may continue to...

June 13, 2020
June 13, 2020

A Pedestrian Education Budget

It is disappointment again for the advocates of education who have been pleading for stronger public commitment to education. The new budget maintains Bangladesh’s record for having one of the...

May 31, 2020
May 31, 2020

Post-Corona “New Normal” in Schools

We have to talk about the post-corona time, even though Bangladesh has not reached the peak in infection and deaths caused by the pandemic.

April 28, 2020
April 28, 2020

Tertiary education during Covid-19 and beyond

Four million students of tertiary education in Bangladesh—in over 5,000 institutions including public and private universities, affiliated colleges, and professional institutions—are in shutdown,...

April 17, 2020
April 17, 2020

Managing schools, learning and student wellbeing during Covid-19

Schools throughout the country, with some 3.7 million students and over a million teachers, are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ongoing shutdown is likely to continue beyond the...

April 1, 2020
April 1, 2020

Covid-19 response: What is still missing?

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has struck a bold and inspirational note, as the leader of the nation must, in her impromptu remarks on March 29 while receiving contributions to the Prime Minister’s...

March 29, 2020
March 29, 2020

How education can continue in this time of crisis

In an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus infection, all educational institutions were ordered shut from March 18 to 31. Now it has been extended to April 9;