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12:00 AM, July 07, 2008 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 07, 2008

Science education

Would you disbelieve me if I don't give any reference and statistics but say that in our colleges there are not enough seats to accommodate all the SSC students who pass from the science group? Would you disbelieve me if I say that there are not enough seats in our universities to accommodate all the HSC students who passed from the science group? There are not enough jobs in our research organisations and industries to provide jobs to a large chunk of science graduates who finish their studies in universities, let alone to all? These jobs are not attractive enough to attract meritorious science graduates.
I am confident none will disbelieve me. As my statements are generally accepted, we don't need any statistics or reference, then should we really worry seeing the decreasing enrolment in the science group ( SSC and HSC) ? No. Because if the enrolment in science decreases at the present rate there will be no shortage of science graduates in the next 20 years to fill in the positions in our research organisations and industries.
But should we be relaxed? If not, than what should we worry about? If we are really worried or really want to worry, then we should worry about poor performance of our research organisations, their failure to attract our meritorious science graduates. We should worry why science and technology is not a national issue? We should worry that Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) is not a well known organisation to our science graduates. Yes, we should really worry as there is no talk of change, let alone reform, in science education and research, even during the reformist caretaker government.

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