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  • Brac University navigating through the Covid-19 pandemic

    It was during my first trip to Dhaka in 2019 that my seatmate was curious how and why I want to live and work in Dhaka, Bangladesh. And yes, it is a unique choice for a foreigner. I’m not sure if I would have gone knowing a pandemic was going to break out. Let alone deciding to stay during a pandemic. Looking back now, would I do it all again? Without a doubt, yes!

  • 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 institutions, and over a million teachers. Girls and boys are equally enrolled in schools, a feat not achieved by many developing countries. We do need to work more on improving quality. So why is the despair?

  • So, you want to kill the university?

    When the lockdown was imposed because of the Covid-19 pandemic in March, I shifted to online teaching at a university here in Dhaka.

  • 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 September.

  • Public universities need ICT infrastructure, not more buildings

    Our public universities are mostly engaged in building buildings. I mean concrete buildings! Even when a simple structure such as a bus stop is built in our universities, we see structures and designs with an abundance of rod and cement.

  • To go or not to go online?

    As my students entered the exam hall, their faces were a tad bit more tense than usual. I was nervous myself. I would finally find out whether our efforts to make the course different had been a whopping failure.

  • Education crisis will be more severe after reopening of schools

    The government has decided to keep all educational institutions closed until June 15. Earlier, the PM said that schools might remain closed till September, if the situation did not improve. If schools remain closed for a long period, how will it impact our primary education sector?

  • 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;

  • Cohesive education is key to continued development

    From being dismissed as a “basket case” at birth to being hailed as a “development surprise” for some years now, there are few parallels to the Bangladeshi development success story thus far.

  • Central admission tests: Turning the wheels too hastily?

    The idea of the proposed central admission tests in public universities has been promoted as a fairer, inexpensive alternative to the existing system of university entry.

  • A timely decision on higher education

    Finally, a breath of fresh air—winds blowing through the higher stratosphere are causing some thought clouds to loosen up and shower good news on higher education.

  • The diploma disease of higher education

    The hono-urable president of the country has been sounding the bell of alarm regarding the state of our higher education, with his recent comments at a convocation event on how “we do not want certificate-based higher education” and that teachers need to “play a more prompt, sincere and meaningful role in the acquisition, rearing, practice and distribution of knowledge.

  • Towards a new paradigm

    There is no doubt that Bangladesh suffers from the trap of low learning, and a key element of this is the lack of qualified teachers.

  • Academia’s global standing: The research imperative

    Recently an M Phil student, studying service management of hospital patients, emailed: “Sir, I am doing descriptive type of cross-sectional study and I am not testing any hypothesis.

  • Was it the right decision?

    The University Grants Commission (UGC) has circulated a directive to public universities recently to close all evening degree programmes. It is a populist move, made without consultation with stakeholders.

  • Assessment in university courses must be innovative, realistic and relevant

    Assess-ment of student learning in a course, in general, is interpreted as a means to evaluate the attainment of the course content

  • High stake exams for children

    Issuing a suo moto rule on November 20, the High Court questioned the legality of the expulsion of children from Primary Education Completion Examination (PECE) and its madrasa equivalent Ebtedayee terminal examinations.

  • The learning crisis requires a new approach

    For most children, turning 10 is an exciting moment. They’re learning more about the world and expanding their horizons. But too many children—more than half of all 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries—cannot read and understand a simple story.

  • Setting our priorities straight

    When job seekers look for new employees, they need a system to filter out the best candidates. Indicators of potential or skill are a key component.

  • Just being brilliant is not enough

    In general, the top meritorious students of our country study science in higher secondary school after passing the secondary school final examination.

  • Weighing the ‘why’ behind education

    I once faced a question from someone I would have never imagined it to come from. It was a humid afternoon and we had assembled under the large banyan tree on the green

  • Violence-Free Campus: Universities must get back control of their halls

    In the aftermath of Abrar Fahad’s murder in a BCL “torture cell” at the Sher-e-Bangla Hall of Buet, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed all the educational institutions to look into their student dormitories to find out if there are similar torture cells there as well.

  • Abrar’s death: The inevitable outcome of a series of unfortunate events

    As straightforward as it may seem, the death of Abrar Fahad raises deeper questions about our society as a whole. While it may be looked at simply as the latest violent by-product of campus-based politics,

  • Politics of Exploitation

    On October 11, the Buet VC announced that student and teacher politics would be banned at the university.

  • Freedom Under Siege

    In the light of recent events, to think that we can freely speak our minds would be a grave mistake. Abrar, a sophomore at Buet, was beaten to death by some BCL students. His last Facebook post had been a brief commentary on the river distribution crisis developing between Bangladesh and India.

  • Abrar murder and campus violence

    Abrar Fahad was made to pay the ultimate penalty for sharing his thoughts. In a Facebook update posted on the eve of his brutal killing Abrar critiqued some of the recently concluded agreements between Bangladesh and India on the use of Mongla port, water sharing and gas export.

  • Publish or Perish

    In academia, the maxim “publish or perish” is nothing new. Genetically, the phrase refers to the pressure in academia to continually publish academic research papers to sustain and advance one’s career.

  • Why are children walking away from government schools?

    Most of South Asia (with the exception of Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka) is not on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal education target of equitable, inclusive, quality primary and secondary education for all children by 2030.

  • Innovation in education and the changing nature of our world

    The importance of creativity and innovation for the sustainable development of a society is widely recognised today.

  • What’s wrong with our university admins?

    The last few weeks have been marked by a torrent of revelations about cases of corruption, irregularities and complete subservience to the establishment in the country’s higher education institutions.