Quality education is the foundation for any nation’s future development
It is an encouraging sign that the government is attempting to go above and beyond to stop question paper leaks -- a particularly distasteful nuisance that has unfortunately infiltrated the education system and hindered previous public exams -- as students sit for the Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations starting today.
But these initiatives are just scratching the surface, and when it comes to our country’s education sector, our problems run much deeper.
From a culture of rote, to the dependence on coaching centres, to the negligence of teachers in our schools and colleges, the entire education sector requires significant foundational change to keep up with the standards demanded globally in the 21st century.
It is important to acknowledge that Bangladesh has made significant strides when it comes to education -- our literacy rate is close to 73% now, having risen by over 26% in the last 10 years -- but we are still lagging behind when it comes to providing quality education that will prepare future generations for the challenges they face as they emerge as tomorrow’s citizens, representing Bangladesh in the global arena.
The government must acknowledge that quality education is the foundation for any nation’s future development and the base on which a nation builds itself. This is especially true for Bangladesh, which is on the cusp of achieving middle-income status.
Fixing our broken education system and the myriad problems currently crippling it is, hence, of utmost importance, and it is a step we as a nation must take as soon as possible.