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  • Academia’s global standing: The research imperative

    Recently an M Phil student, studying service management of hospital patients, emailed: “Sir, I am doing descriptive type of cross-sectional study and I am not testing any hypothesis.

  • Was it the right decision?

    The University Grants Commission (UGC) has circulated a directive to public universities recently to close all evening degree programmes. It is a populist move, made without consultation with stakeholders.

  • Assessment in university courses must be innovative, realistic and relevant

    Assess-ment of student learning in a course, in general, is interpreted as a means to evaluate the attainment of the course content

  • High stake exams for children

    Issuing a suo moto rule on November 20, the High Court questioned the legality of the expulsion of children from Primary Education Completion Examination (PECE) and its madrasa equivalent Ebtedayee terminal examinations.

  • The learning crisis requires a new approach

    For most children, turning 10 is an exciting moment. They’re learning more about the world and expanding their horizons. But too many children—more than half of all 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries—cannot read and understand a simple story.

  • Setting our priorities straight

    When job seekers look for new employees, they need a system to filter out the best candidates. Indicators of potential or skill are a key component.

  • Just being brilliant is not enough

    In general, the top meritorious students of our country study science in higher secondary school after passing the secondary school final examination.

  • Weighing the ‘why’ behind education

    I once faced a question from someone I would have never imagined it to come from. It was a humid afternoon and we had assembled under the large banyan tree on the green

  • Violence-Free Campus: Universities must get back control of their halls

    In the aftermath of Abrar Fahad’s murder in a BCL “torture cell” at the Sher-e-Bangla Hall of Buet, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed all the educational institutions to look into their student dormitories to find out if there are similar torture cells there as well.

  • Abrar’s death: The inevitable outcome of a series of unfortunate events

    As straightforward as it may seem, the death of Abrar Fahad raises deeper questions about our society as a whole. While it may be looked at simply as the latest violent by-product of campus-based politics,

  • Politics of Exploitation

    On October 11, the Buet VC announced that student and teacher politics would be banned at the university.

  • Freedom Under Siege

    In the light of recent events, to think that we can freely speak our minds would be a grave mistake. Abrar, a sophomore at Buet, was beaten to death by some BCL students. His last Facebook post had been a brief commentary on the river distribution crisis developing between Bangladesh and India.

  • Abrar murder and campus violence

    Abrar Fahad was made to pay the ultimate penalty for sharing his thoughts. In a Facebook update posted on the eve of his brutal killing Abrar critiqued some of the recently concluded agreements between Bangladesh and India on the use of Mongla port, water sharing and gas export.

  • Publish or Perish

    In academia, the maxim “publish or perish” is nothing new. Genetically, the phrase refers to the pressure in academia to continually publish academic research papers to sustain and advance one’s career.

  • Why are children walking away from government schools?

    Most of South Asia (with the exception of Bhutan, Maldives and Sri Lanka) is not on track to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal education target of equitable, inclusive, quality primary and secondary education for all children by 2030.

  • Innovation in education and the changing nature of our world

    The importance of creativity and innovation for the sustainable development of a society is widely recognised today.

  • What’s wrong with our university admins?

    The last few weeks have been marked by a torrent of revelations about cases of corruption, irregularities and complete subservience to the establishment in the country’s higher education institutions.

  • What’s stopping students with disabilities from pursuing education?

    Many of us are probably not aware of the condition known in medical science as cerebral palsy, which affects a child’s muscle tone, movement, and motor skills.

  • Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

    Recognising an innovative education model

    The Yidan Prize 2019 (for education) is the latest of many global awards and recognitions earned by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, the founder of Brac, for his lifelong contribution to education and development in Bangladesh and 10 other countries, from Afghanistan to Uganda.

  • Listening to Student Voices

    Academic programmes across the world are becoming increasingly innovative, competitive and challenging. They are responding to changing times. There is also the realisation that, built in the right spirit, universities can generate enormous social capital and rich economic dividends.

  • Achieving universal literacy status: How far have we progressed?

    Right after the country’s independence, when the literacy rate in the country was 16.8 percent (according to UNICEF), a group of young people in Kochubari-Krishtopur, a village of Thakurgaon, started a movement to make all the villagers literate.

  • A clarion call for education in Rohingya refugee camps

    Two years after hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees started arriving in the Cox’s Bazar district of south-eastern Bangladesh, the need for services remains dire.

  • Transforming education, transforming youth

    Around the world, August 12 is celebrated as the International Youth Day. This year’s theme, “Transforming Education”, highlights efforts to make education more relevant, equitable and inclusive for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves.

  • Nationalising educational institutions: Opportunity or threat?

    Since indepen-dence, a unique policy initiative in Bangladesh has been to nationalise non-government schools or colleges or madrasas.

  • Why do the best minds of public universities perform so poorly in research?

    After I joined a leading private university in 2015, a question that puzzled me was why so many public university teachers are teaching at private universities.

  • Case for a critical review of our education

    This write-up comes on the heels of a recently-concluded international conference hosted by the Bureau of Economic Research and the Department of Economics, University of Dhaka. Amongst the many issues that were discussed on the pathways to achieve inclusive

  • Skills learning changes lives and must be lifelong

    Today, there are 1.2 billion young people aged between 15-24 years—almost a fifth of the world’s population.

  • Primary education: Quality of learning must be the same for all

    Soon after the publication of my article on the art of teaching and learning at The Daily Star on June 28, a reader shared her thoughts with me. She worked with students in many government and NGO-run primary schools as part of a Teach for Bangladesh fellowship programme.

  • We must protect academic freedom and democracy in universities

    “Give me the liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties.” — John Milton in Areopagitica (1644)

  • Research universities can light the way for tomorrow’s Bangladesh

    Higher education is rapidly expanding in developing countries. There were only four public universities at the time of Bangladesh’s inception as a sovereign country in 1971. The country has now a total of 43 public and 103 private universities. The number of students enrolled in universities has shot up from 4,11,717 in 2008 to10,28,314 in 2018 (BANBEIS). But what does it mean for economic development?