School, college education must be better managed

Published: 00:00, Aug 23,2019


CONCERNS have been raised about classroom teaching in schools and colleges as lessons are often not completed keeping to the guidelines set in the curriculums. The parliamentary standing committee on the education ministry has, therefore, asked the ministry to strictly monitor classroom activities in schools and colleges. The parliamentary committee, as New Age reported on Thursday, has expressed concern as a situation like this has resulted in the decline of quality of classroom teaching. And the situation, with or without a call from the parliamentary committee, warrants that the agencies concerned should strictly monitor classroom activities in schools and colleges along with a stepped-up supervision of the managing committees of schools and governing bodies of colleges to ensure effective and fruitful education, especially at the upazila level, to end the disparity that exists between institutions in urban and rural areas. The committee has also asked the National University to explain the logic for allowing the colleges to teach so many subjects in remote areas without having an adequate number of teachers.

There are complaints that in many institutions, teachers do not take classes and remain busy pursuing their own interest. The decline in the quality of teaching is also attributed to lack of trained teachers, adequate facilities, and poor laboratory logistics. All this together cannot give the outcome that is expected although a huge amount of investment is made in national education. The government, while it monitors the classroom activities in schools and colleges, should also put in place the required logistic supports that should make teaching and learning meaningful. The committee chair seeks to say that some people get into the school managing committees and college governing bodies only to make money, which altogether appears not to be a wrong assessment. The chair, therefore, advises the ministries to ensure that the institutions submit their audit reports regularly and to stop irregularities in fund management in both government and non-government institutions. The education secretary, who attended the meeting, however, seeks to say that audit reports are accordingly done and classroom activities are strictly monitored. But the reality on the ground does not support the statement of the secretary. The committee chair would not have, otherwise, needed to make such recommendations.

Devoid of good governance, educational institutions appear to be equipping students with certificates but without giving them quality education. In a situation like this, the government must put in efforts to attend to the problems of schools and colleges, not just in their classroom teaching and academic performances but also in the way the institutions are managed and governed.

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