Education curriculum should be an attractive enough that makes the class room more interesting
Rasheda Rawnak Khan
There is no denying the fact that the education system currently practiced in Bangladesh is never in keeping with the global standards! While GoB recognized the right to primary education and implemented several plans and projects around the goal of universal primary education, including the 1990 Primary Education (Compulsory) Act, leading to policies such as the waiver of school fees, provision of textbooks free of charge on the very first day of school in every year, and incentives to encourage the participation of vulnerable children, yet a lot needs to be done!
First of all, we need to have a collective understanding about what is possible to do for our children, who will be the nation builders. Here collectively means we all including policymakers, teachers, students, parents, and the whole society. At this stage, here I would emphasize on two issues! Firstly, our teaching process: the way our teachers deliver and teach students in the schools. Secondly, our examination process: the way we examine our students’ ability to learn. We talk about new practical based curriculum, but the big question is, if our teachers are prepared to implement new curriculum? Do they have proper guidelines and knowledge and are they convinced about this creative curriculum? We need to remember that education curriculum should be an attractive thing that makes the class room more interesting and inspiring to learn. Our teachers need to know the strategies to handle diversified students in the class room. In a class room, everyone is not equally capable to learn, everyone’s socio-economic background is not the same, every student’s behavior and manner is not similar.
For school education, it is imperative for the teachers to know the art! From the state level, there needs regular monitoring system to track the progress of every school not really based on examination result rather should be based on the student’s progressive capability to learn and teacher’s capability to teach. We also need to monitor the new curriculum, review our assessment process of the education boards as well. Like many a developed countries, we need to hold curriculum workshops for our parents as we need to share our experiences, our learning with parents. In developed countries, they call it a ‘team work’ - where parents, children and teachers will be working together for education. We need to put emphasis on home work and home learning. We can engage parents rather effectively, so that for homework, the kids do not need to depend on coaching center or private tuition.
Rasheda Rawnak Khan
Faculty, Department of Anthropology, Dhaka University
(Rawnak is an anthropologist, faculty of Dhaka University and a celebrity face in Bangladeshi Media)