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To educate and enlighten

  • Published at 06:16 pm July 26th, 2018
Education
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The Education Ministry deserves praise for stopping the problem of question paper leaks this year

When we invest in education, we invest in young people, and when we invest in young people, we invest in the country’s future.

Kudos to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for clearly stating that education was a priority for Bangladesh, and that it was seen as an investment that would build up future generations, and not as an expense.

It is important to remember that improving our nation’s education scenario is not merely a matter of spending, but also a matter of making the necessary reforms.

At the end of the day, what really matters are the standard of teaching and the quality of education being imparted, and for that we would need to look into the many problems that plague our education sector.

The Education Ministry deserves praise for stopping the problem of question paper leaks this year, thereby ensuring a fair and proper HSC examination, and we should keep this up in the coming years.

But there are bigger challenges we are facing involving the quality of textbooks, and what is being taught -- textbooks with grammatical errors, sexist and outmoded ideas, and factual mistakes are signs that serious and widespread reform is needed.

We are living a highly competitive, globalized world, and Bangladesh is emerging as a major player in the world market -- when it comes to imparting the right skills, we cannot afford to be left behind.

To that end, giving due importance to technical and vocational education is necessary, and we should not put all our faith in textbook knowledge.

As we move forward and invest more in education, it is important that we invest smartly.