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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.

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.

August 9, 2019
August 9, 2019

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).

April 26, 2019
April 26, 2019

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.

April 19, 2019
April 19, 2019

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.

March 29, 2019
March 29, 2019

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.

March 15, 2019
March 15, 2019

The election at midnight

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

March 1, 2019
March 1, 2019

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.

March 1, 2019
March 1, 2019

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.

February 15, 2019
February 15, 2019

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?”

August 17, 2018
August 17, 2018

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.

January 26, 2018
January 26, 2018

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