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  • Schooling the deprived children: “One size” cannot fit all

    In Sariakandi upazila of Bogura district, there are 168 primary schools, 44 of which are in char or sandy shoals created by the shifting and temperamental Jamuna River. The Daily Star reporter Mostafa Shabuj visited 16 of the char schools recently.

  • What’s stopping us from improving our English skills?

    AG Stock was a visiting scholar at the Department of English at Dhaka University from 1947 to 1951. In her recollection of her time in Dhaka, she reminisced about befriending future luminaries such as poet Jasimuddin and professor Munier Choudhury.

  • Can it be the beginning of a ‘decade of education’ plan?

    In the run-up to preparing the budget for the financial year 2019-2020, consultations are being held, like in the previous years, by the finance minister and his senior colleagues with various stakeholders.

  • Schooling without learning is a wasted opportunity

    Bangladesh has made a space for itself in the region. Over the last few decades, there has been stable economic growth underpinned by increased investments for human development, poverty alleviation, increased access to microcredit,

  • Why we must build specialised research universities

    “It is most difficult to get people on the path to research and publication. That culture, that appetite, that scholarly commitment has eroded considerably. [They] LOVE the microphone, they HATE the pen.”

  • Looking beyond one's own turf

    Leave no one behind” is the guiding spirit of the education agenda to be achieved by 2030 under the global Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015.

  • Dhaka University: Challenges for the future

    The 2011 data-driven assessment of Dhaka University (DU) as to whether it can turn itself around by 2021 was met with silence except for the publication of “University of Dhaka: Making, Unmaking, and Remaking” in 2016. The editors hoped,

  • A society free from corporal punishment

    In Tanzania, teacher Respicius Patrick Mutazangira (51) has been sentenced to death by hanging for murdering pupil Sperius Eradius (14) through the “malicious and zealous” use of corporal punishment.

  • Return on research: Academia's new challenge

    Discussions about research in Bangladesh's higher education institutions (HEIs) have become animated and contentious in recent times.

  • The role of universities in developing SMEs

    The business community, not only in Bangladesh but also in the world, is constantly pressing universities to change their traditional role of imparting knowledge to their students.

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    Can Bangladesh provide quality education to its children?

    The inequities that deny children their right to quality education from early childhood through adolescence can trap young people in low-skilled, poorly paid, insecure employment, among other things, which holds back economic growth and fuels inequality.

  • Why we need general education for an engineering degree

    General Education, or Gen Ed, is that portion of the course of study that lies outside the major or the specialty area, for example, engineering.

  • Girls in Math Olympiad: What's holding them back?

    A few years ago when I was in the United States and contemplating a return to Bangladesh, I was worried about the challenges of

  • Schooling is not learning

    Schooling is not learning

    The release of the World Development Report (WDR) 2018 of the World Bank subtitled “Learning to Realize Education's Promise,” on

  • Creating a generation of learners and innovators

    The curriculum for any undergraduate programme is highly influenced by the social, physical, economic and cultural environment. Consequently, with the change of any such setting(s), its development process will also change. The great economist and Nobel Laureate, Wassily Leontief, wrote in 1953 that “labour will become less and less important… More and more workers will be replaced by machines.”

  • Future readiness of Bangladesh's higher education institutions

    The Daily Star's February 3rd issue carries a story on page 5 about the acute teacher shortage at Khulna Medical College.

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    Rethinking engineering education in Bangladesh

    During the twentieth century, engineering education in the developed countries underwent a remarkable transformation.

  • Ducsu election should be covered by CCTV

    As the long-awaited Ducsu election is nearing, the issue of “co-existence” has widely been in discussion for some time now, just as the issue of “level playing field” was in discussion before the last national election.

  • Pratik's death and irregularities in the university recruitment process

    The recent case of suicide of Taifur Rahman Pratik, a student of Genetics Engineering and Biotechnology Department at Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST), because of the alleged injustices done to him by his teachers,

  • A new learning paradigm

    In the beginning of the twentieth century, a growing number of educators, professionals and representatives of the business community in western countries began to realise the shortcomings of the traditional education (TE) system.

  • Hill teachers in dire straits: They deserve to live in dignity

    It may be hard to believe but Rajendra Lal Tripura, an assistant teacher of Hamachang Forungni Govt. Primary School, has not been getting his salary for the last two years.

  • Why are university graduates failing to meet market needs?

    With 41 public and 103 private universities having more than three million students (around 28 lakh students in public universities and 3.37 lakh students in private universities as per the Annual Report 2016 of the UGC)—greater than the population of some countries—Bangladesh's tertiary education system is one of the most overcrowded in the world. However, the highly educated in the country have fewer chances of employment today.

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    Key challenges for the education minister

    President Abdul Hamid appointed 47 members to the new cabinet of Bangladesh this month with Dr Dipu Moni taking over the reins of

  • Challenges for the new ministers

    Dr Dipu Moni has been named the minister of education in the new Cabinet led by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for the third consecutive term. Md Zakir Hossain is the new state minister responsible for primary and mass education.

  • Revisiting Vivekananda's philosophy on education

    Swami Vivekananda insightfully defined education as “the manifestation of the perfection already in man.” Here, “perfection” refers to a range of abilities and talents that exist within us and “manifestation” refers to bringing those out.

  • What can we do to keep children in school?

    Student absenteeism (in the classroom) is a matter of serious concern for education policymakers in Bangladesh because it is a major hindrance in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4), the objective of which is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.”

  • Manifestos in the era of alt-facts—the case of education

    In his famous novel, Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel García Márquez, the Nobel Prize winning Colombian writer, writes about

  • Universal Children's Day: How do we keep them in school?

    Remarkable progress has been made in recent years to expand access to education in Bangladesh, one of the most densely populated countries of the world. But at the same time, significant challenges remain if the potential is to be fulfilled.

  • Thinking School: A catalyst for transformational change in education

    It's a common scene to see children in our streets in the early morning going to school, carrying heavy bags full of books on their shoulders.

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    44 high schools nationalised

    The government nationalises 44 more secondary schools in different parts of the country to ensure quality education.