It is popularly known, ‘Education is the backbone of the nation’. Therefore, the importance given to education is a form of proper maintenance of the backbone of the nation. We appreciate this service. More importantly, if the spine is not functioning properly, a nation cannot hold its head straight. Since today’s generation is the future of tomorrow, so to build the beautiful Bangladesh of tomorrow, today’s generation should be educated with proper education. Today’s students will be tomorrow’s doctors, engineers, educators, lawyers, civil servants, politicians, businessmen, bankers, artists, writers, philosophers and scientists. So whether they are getting proper education is very important and significant for what Bangladesh will be like in the future. It is also important to remember that education is one of the five basic human rights. It is said that food, clothing, shelter, education and medical care are the basic human rights, i.e. first food supply, then clothing, then a shelter. Education is the basic human right after food, clothing and shelter. Therefore, every state considers education as one of the priority services provided by the state. Bangladesh also considers education as a very important service sector in the country’s overall policy-framework. The government recently issued a notification to increase the number of holidays from one to two days in a week, and issued a guideline to coordinate it. As per the guidelines, he has issued an instruction to reduce the days of opening of classes, reduce the class time, increase the number of classes, make Thursday a full day instead of a half day, so that there is no negative impact on the reading and teaching of the students due to extension of holidays.
It is undeniable that such plans and directives have revealed the conscious attention of the government towards education and the importance of the state towards education. When the post-Covid stimulus is working in all fields and there is a strong effort, urge and tendency to compensate for the loss of Covid, there is a conscious view of the government and the concerned ministries whether there is any kind of damage in the education sector due to reduction of working days. Through this it has been reborn. But now it is a matter of consideration, despite all the good intentions of the government, whether the damage caused by extending the holiday by one day in the new plan and guidelines can be compensated by reducing the number of classes at home.
According to the new order issued on August 31, there will be no more ‘half class’ in educational institutions on Thursday. Full classes will be held in all schools and colleges on that day like other five days of the week. In class 9th and 10th earlier there were 6 periods per day, but from now on there will be 7 periods per day. As a result, earlier there were 36 classes in 6 days each; And from now 35 classes in 5 days 7 times a day. On the other hand, although classes from sixth to eighth class have been increased to 35 per week, they have been asked to give a holiday two periods earlier on Thursday. That is, the number of classes in the sixth, seventh and eighth classes will be 33 in a week. Classes in one shift from Sunday to Thursday in secondary and lower secondary schools will last for 6 hours and 10 minutes and will consist of a 15 minute assembly and a 30 minute break. And in two-shift secondary and lower secondary schools, classes will run for 5 hours and 5 minutes with a 15-minute assembly and a 30-minute break per shift. In a single shift establishment each period will last 45 minutes. And in two-shift secondary and lower secondary schools, the first period will last 45 minutes. And the second, third and fourth periods will last 40 minutes. And the fifth, sixth and seventh period will last 35 minutes. On the other hand, each class period of class XI and XII in higher secondary will be 50 minutes. There will be 5 classes in all subjects in a week for Bengali, English and three elective subjects and three for Information and Communication Technology. And for optional subjects there will be 5 classes in a week. Students have to do a total of 33 classes in a week. This is the summary of the government guidelines. Roughly speaking, even if the days of opening of educational institutions are reduced by one day, here is an attempt on how to make up for it in terms of number of classes. Again, there is a sincere effort to cover the 6-day educational program in 5 days with 7 classes instead of 6 hours per day, even if the class period is slightly reduced. A close look at classes, days, numbers, period timings and distribution of classes etc. shows that these instructions have been prepared with a lot of labor and care has been taken very consciously to ensure that the extension of one day holiday does not have any negative impact on the educational activities of the students. kept We appreciate and applaud the authorities’ commitment to students and education. But it is also important to take into consideration whether increasing the number of classes by reducing the class period will create extra stress on the body and mind of the students. Ensuring the quality of education is more important than increasing or decreasing the number of classes or decreasing or increasing the time of class period or increasing or decreasing the weekend. It is true that various numerical changes and transformations are taking place within these instructions, plans and refinements; But it is most important to take into consideration how much qualitative change and transformation is taking place in education, lessons, teaching and students’ intelligence, thinking and intellectual development. Hopefully, the state will also pay equal attention to the qualitative transformation of education so as to create a prosperous future generation who can build a truly strong and sustainable backbone of this nation.
Dr. Rahman Nasir Uddin : Anthropologist and Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Chittagong.
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