It will be very difficult for us to cope with the way the education system in the country has collapsed, the problems that have arisen from primary to university, and to survive in the present age without the study and research of epistemology. We hope that the government and the policy makers will realize the importance of overhauling the education system by overcoming the tsunami that has taken place in the education system of the country.
The country’s education system has been closed since March 16, 2020 due to Corona. We still do not understand when it will be possible to open all the educational institutions in the country. Corona is still traversing the world. Although we have been declining here for some time, experts are not able to describe it as a corona termination clause. Because new types of corona are being converted. The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that a number of countries, including England, Brazil and South Africa, have been hit hard. The United States has not been able to pull off the death march. That is why Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself has feared that the corona infection in our country will go down in March, but experts are doing the same. An extreme unrest began after the corona infection began in the country last year. There was a lockdown in the country for about two months. But in the pursuit of life and livelihood, we have had to open everything including mills, factories, shops, banks and offices in the upward trend of Corona. But the educational institutions of the country could not be opened. However, using private TV and online platforms, the city’s private universities, schools and colleges have taken the initiative to educate their students. In the developed world, online teaching has been around for a long time. That is why the students and teachers there have become very accustomed to teaching and taking exams in this way. Corona has brought horrific infections and deaths to these countries, but has continued to use online methods to educate students in those countries. We have not been able to make the online system public here. As a result, even though some educational institutions in the city have implemented it, most of the schools, colleges and universities have not been able to come close to this method. As a result, most of the students have dropped out of normal study since last March. Especially in rural areas, primary and secondary level educational institutions are still closed. Most of the students have spent the last academic year without studying. Many may have hoped that if the situation improved in September and October, the educational institution would be reopened and arrangements would be made to hold the examinations. But none could be done. In the end, the government had to take a decision like autopsy. Last year’s HSC exams could not be held. The government is going to pass a special law for them to pass the exams based on the results of JSC and SSC. Then will come their university admission. New books for those who have passed from primary to ninth class have already been distributed. But the decision on when to start their classes is yet to be made. In the meantime, the holiday period of the educational institution has been extended till January 30. If the corona infection subsides in the next few days, it will be a little easier for the government to make at least one decision Ñ to give some time to those who will take the SSC and HSC exams this year. Education Minister. Dipu Moni had said a few days ago that the government wants to give the opportunity to students to take SSC exams in June, July and HSC in August. It also seems to us that the government may seriously consider taking classes for SSC and HSC candidates without deciding to open the educational institutions together. Gradual improvement in conditions may allow students to return to education on a larger scale. Besides, everyone thinks that the admission test of the universities is going to start after the results of the HSC examination are published. So by conducting these tests across the country, it may be easier to verify the possibility of a return to life in educational institutions.
As a result of the closure of educational institutions for the last 10 months, many negative changes have taken place in the education system of the country, which is already being observed. In most rural areas, even in cities and suburbs, parents send a significant portion of primary school students to various types of madrasas. During this time many unauthorized ‘institutions’ have been opened overnight in many places under the name of Hefzkhana, Hafizia Madrasa, Cadet Madrasa etc. Children are going to study in groups in these. Of course, this system has been introduced on the basis of monthly student salary and not free of cost. Associated with this are local religious teachers, students of various higher madrasas, and even school-college teachers. Many people are renting houses in different cities and suburbs and continuing such arrangements. Again, teachers in different types of madrasas in rural areas have in many ways encouraged parents to enroll their students in their institutions. As a result, a significant number of primary school students have now been admitted to these madrasas and various types of unauthorized madrasas built in rented houses. As a result, a large part of the students are no longer in the previous educational institutions. This scene was seen in many educational institutions during the distribution of books.
For many of us, the way the corona infection has affected the education system in the country now can be a source of great frustration and sadness. Numerous kg schools have already been closed. Only after the opening of the school will it be understood who the students of those schools are now being admitted to. Again, whether the number of students in government primary schools has decreased, where they have gone, whether they are coming back from there কম all these will be seen after the opening of the educational institution. It is also a matter of concern whether many government educational institutions will be able to turn around anew. MPO-listed secondary schools and colleges do not yet know if all their students will return. After the reopening of government universities, students may get back. But many private universities may drop out automatically in the future due to the student crisis. Some private universities have largely survived by relying on online methods. However, the teacher crisis is increasing in them now. Because the authorities are also reducing teachers on the pretext of financial crisis, putting extra pressure on others. In this way, various calculations and cuts are coming in the private educational institutions. It will be very difficult for us to survive in the Corona-North world if the government and MPO-registered educational institutions do not prepare to turn around in the coming days. Without it we would probably have to live with Corona for a few more years. In that case, the world economy, politics, communication system may face many difficult challenges. To meet that challenge, we must not just revive our education system, there is no way to survive without adapting to the new curriculum. If our new generation does not become gifted and skilled in science, we will not be able to take a very strong position in the struggle for survival in the near future. That is why it will be very difficult for us to cope with the way the education system has collapsed in Corona, the problems that have arisen from primary to university, and to survive in the present age without the study and research of epistemology. We hope that the government and the policy makers will realize the importance of overhauling the education system by overcoming the tsunami that has taken place in the education system of the country. Only then will the revival of our education system be more effective.
Mamtajuddin Patwari: Professor (retired), historian and columnist.
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