‘Education is for all. Everyone has the right to get proper education no matter whoever he or she is. It is the duty of a state to provide quality education to all kids who are our future generation,’ argued Daliya Barua, a guardian.
‘Every year hundreds of students sit for admission tests with an aim to get admitted in the government high schools. After a long battle of parents and children a few get the chance to be admitted in these schools. Other goes for private schools as the number of government school is not enough in Chattogram. Lack of government school has been causing various problems in the port city,’ said Daliya Barua, guardian of two students who have been attending two separate private schools of Chattogram city.
She said that in the port city the government could set up schools according to the population. Though the number of shopping mall increased in the last two decades, the number of government high schools did not increase at all in Chattogram, she added.
Daliya also pointed out that getting children admitted to a school was not the end of this battle this was just the beginning.
She told New Age as the number of students was only on the rise the only alternative is to go to private schools. Yet, most of these private schools had already acquired some blemishes. They sell education which was also not up to the mark. They didn’t maintain quality and were rather focused on making profit which they earned from fat tuition fees determined at their will, whimsically, she observed.
She was also of the opinion that most of these schools neglected the existing government rules and decisions. Poor infrastructure, inexperienced teachers, dishonest school management and uncontrolled tuition fees — all these had been not only hindering the overall development of the sector, but was also dragging down the quality of education in private schools, she explained while wondering out loud whether there was anyone to curb this anarchy.
‘The teachers of government school formulate the question of public exams, they are directly involved with the total syllabus and curriculum under the aegis of the board. Though private schools come packed with promises during admission, they keep 30 per cent of their promises. They force parents to buy extra books. The students of government school follow only the textbooks of National Curriculum and Textbook Board. Whereas, the private schools prescribe three to four extra books for English, which is unnecessary,’ she explained.
Parents who sent their children in private schools, paid high tuition fees, bought extra books, ran after private tutors and coaching centres and, after all these exertions, the return is not satisfactory, she observed pointing to the ills that are posing danger for the future generation.
She said that now school hours are just a ‘formality’. In most of the schools teachers are reluctant to teach properly in the classroom. So, students ran after coaching and private tutors to understand their lessons thoroughly, Daliya Barua pointed out.
‘Students and parents both depend on coaching centres and private tutors for good results. The government and the concerned ministries know everything about this but they remained mum. And this was destroying the life of hundreds of children in the process,’ the parent of two said.
‘It had huge negative impact on our total education system,’ she exclaimed.
She felt that this was a total mess and if government allowed coaching business and private tuitions, there was no need to send our kids to school and pay monthly tuition fees.
So, the government must decide what they should do. They could set up more government high schools in Chattogram. If it required more investment, there were number of investors willing to contribute. So, through individuals’ contributions the government could build new government schools in Chattogram, she explained.
Another remedy would be to nationalise some private schools that had been under MPO facilities, said the guardian.
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