July’s ULAB Literary Salon discusses Bangladeshi short story anthologies

An engaging discussion on translations unfolded at the event.

Education / To affiliate or not to affiliate

Manira Akhter Mitu was a second-year student at the department of economics at Begum Badrunnesa Women’s College, one of the seven graduate and post-graduate level colleges affiliated with Dhaka University (DU).

The uphill task to receive an education in the camps

On a recent visit to the camps, a young Rohingya boy, who proudly wore a bright blue UNICEF backpack, took us to his school.

Abuse behind the closed doors of madrasas

Jahid (not his real name), a nine-year-old boy from Mohammadpur of Magura district, was admitted to Panihata Hafizia madrasa by his father Abdul Aziz.

DUCSU POLLS / Why blame the observers?

During the Dhaka University Central Students' Union (Ducsu) and hall union polls on March 11, a group of eight teachers voluntarily carried out the duty of election observers. They reported multiple cases of irregularities and demanded reelection, claiming that the polls were not free and fair.

The election at midnight

The long awaited DUCSU elections concluded on March 11 amidst repeated demands of re-election from almost all quarters.

Everything you need to know about DUCSU election

Earlier this week, I learned that many Dhaka University (DU) students have absolutely no clue what DUCSU is. Some have only seen this name being thrown around in memes, some have seen it on a building on campus, but they're not sure what it means.

DUCSU Elections 2019: Let's not play with the students

Currently, Dhaka University (DU) campus is full of excitement and apprehension due to the much-awaited Dhaka University Central Students' Union (DUCSU) and hall union elections.

Caught up in red tape

“Would you dream of being a model teacher? Are you interested to take teaching profession for career building? Do you take it as a challenge to work at rural areas anywhere in Bangladesh?”

Are the kids actually alright?

School and college student protesters have returned to the classroom already but their hearts remain on the streets. Meanwhile, allegations have arisen that some institutions are penalising students for their participation in the student movement that sprung up spontaneously for safer roads.

The trouble with unauthorised schools

Mursalin Kabir, a child of only 11 years, attended three admission tests in the first two weeks of January. After completing his Primary School Completion exam from a primary level kindergarten school

QiPileaks claims it leaked question papers

The rise of the nefarious whistleblowing group QiPileaks has the country of Bangladesh both alarmed and happy.

Financing tertiary education

Every year, after the university admission tests, we find students who score well, but cannot afford their educational expenses, and eventually drop out. Private banks, on the other hand, offer many lucrative loan products for their customers, including education loans.

The government's got your tongue

Years of majoritarian Bangla education means that certain minority communities only speak their mother-tongue, and neither read nor write.

When a teacher's finger exposes our hunger for power

On July 29, 2017, there was a protest event organised by some student organisations at the University of Dhaka. They argued that a senate meeting was being held without student representatives.

Are the students collateral damage?

We are accustomed to students protesting to postpone their exam dates. This time, however, students of seven government colleges took to the streets demanding the announcement of exam dates and timely publishing of their results.

The school across the river

Every time the weather takes a turn for the worse, school-going children in the haor are among the first to be affected.

VAT on English-medium schools - A discriminatory proposal?

Discrimination. This is the word being tossed around to describe the recent decision to institute a VAT of 15 percent on English-medium schools.