The similar scenario is prevailing in Kurigram too.
Around 90% schools in Gopalganj including Sheikh Hasina Government Girls’ School and College, Shornokoli High School and Shishu Kalyan Government Primary School do not have any permanent Shaheed Minar of their own.
Gopalganj District Education Officer Masud Bhuiyan said: “We don’t have permanent Shaheed Minar at all the schools, causing the students to receive less knowledge about the history of language movement. Having memorials for language martyrs could help gather more knowledge more about them.”
Admitting the fact, Gopalganj Deputy Commissioner Mokhlesur Rahman said: “Every school should have a Shaheed MInar. Unfortunately, it did not happen for space shortage and other reasons. We will take measures on this issue as soon as possible.”
Meanwhile, out of 1,500 educational institutions in Kurigram, most of the schools do not have Shaheed Minar.
Pratima Chowdhury, principal of Shishu Niketon in the district, said there is no alternative to Shaheed Minar in schools.
“Though the school managing committee president promised us a memorial on our campus, but there is no visible effort in this regard yet.”
Contacted, District Education Officer Moslem Uddin claimed that the government has already taken initiative to build permanent Shaheed Minar at every school.
Students of the areas told the newspaper that they pay tribute to the martyrs at Shaheed Minar that are made of paper, clay, bamboo and other temporary materials. They requested the government to build permanent memorials soon.