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The laws of the land

  • Published at 12:01 am February 10th, 2019
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Why we need to start teaching our children about the law

It is said that education is the backbone of a nation -- it helps a person to achieve moral ethics, gain knowledge, and become a better citizen. 

In a developing country like Bangladesh, education is the fundamental key to achieving development. It is a known fact that illiterate citizens are a curse to a nation; same with those who do not have any idea how the country’s legal system works.

Taking advantage of people who are unaware of the relative laws is a common phenomenon in Bangladesh. Sri Lanka recently introduced law as a subject into the national school curriculum -- the country’s Justice Minister Thalatha Atukoral said: “Being educated about basic laws and aspects such as the constitution since at an early stage helps students in facing day to day legal issues in a better way.”

Bangladesh has many laws and regulations in place, which are necessary to maintain a country properly. But most are unaware of them, unless they are convicted or become a victim of some kind of injustice. We have seen how the literacy rate in our country has been on the rise for the past few years, but the fact of the matter is that not enough people know about how the law works in their own country.

In fact, the problem is so severe that it could become a major obstacle for the continued development of the country very soon. In order to avert such a crisis, the education board needs to step up and introduce law as a basic subject, preferably in the secondary school curriculum.

Laws are based on ethics, social agreement, history. If students are taught law during their school years, we stand to gain a population that will become more aware and cautious about their surroundings. To be precise, the subject would ideally include constitutional law, tort law, labour law, contract law, civil law, criminal law, and few other respective laws as basic study.

The main focus of such a provision would be making it easier to understand and avoid all sorts of pitfalls relating to the laws which are used to govern us. This will make way for a generation that should also be able to deal with the government, taxes, bureaucracy, and other such aspects of civil life that we need to pay more attention to. 

Walid Saddat Raffat is a freelance contributor.