It is The Daily Star's privilege to honour two teachers, Satwajit Biswas and Taherul Islam, who have stood out as beacons of light in their dedicated service to education. The former, a teacher of mathematics and science from Jashore, has never in his three-decade-long career been late to class. For him his students come before all else and that perhaps explains why Biswas has never taken a day's leave during his educational tenure, not even on the day of his wedding or the day of his father's funeral. The latter who hails from Pabna decided to set up a school for under-privileged children after retiring from the teaching profession which spanned forty-nine years. His roadside school aptly named Bina Poishar Pathshala, which literally means “free school”, enlightens the children of poor parents, who cannot afford to give their children schooling. Not only that, he set aside a part of his meagre income as a primary school teacher to establish a library.
Today, we stand in awe of these two gentlemen who have spent their lives bringing hope to those who have none and imparting proper education to children living in remote areas. We look forward to the day that the concerned ministry takes cognizance of other teachers like Biswas and Islam, for they are an asset to the nation. Only a good teacher can produce a good student and it is time that the selfless service such teachers give our children through their individual efforts towards nation building, far away from the glittering lights of metropolis, is recognised, rewarded and supported.