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Staying true to the values of higher education

  • Published at 10:58 pm February 14th, 2020
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It is a practice which simply sells a degree

Last December, the UGC made a wise move, and directed public universities to stop their evening courses. While not embraced by all, this directive made sense, because it is hard to deny that these evening classes have been serving as nothing more than cash cows for universities.

The proof is in the fact that these evening courses can cost as much as 40 times regular courses, and it goes without saying that they do not provide any superior education to justify such fees.

It is good to see, then, that a five-member committee, comprising of deans from major faculties have at last made the recommendation to suspend enrolments to evening programs as of now.

Both the prime minister and the president of the country have at times weighed in on the matter, criticizing these ventures.

To some, evening classes seem like a practical solution to a busy schedule, but the fact is, it is a practice which simply sells a degree without asking the student to commit to an education in the way all other regular students are asked to do and we cannot allow our public assets to be used for private profit.

All of this hurts the image, brand, and integrity of a university. A Dhaka University degree has a great amount of prestige associated with it, and it is sad to see that teachers at the country’s most prestigious seat of learning are allowing its reputation to take a hit.

It will do our education system a world of good to go back to the core values of higher education.