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By Sir Frank Peters

They say “every cloud has a silver lining”, which means that even the worst events or situations have some positive aspect.

Bangabandhu would be so proud

Sir Frank Peters

2020 is the centenary year of Bangabandhu’s birth and the 9th Anniversary of the banning of corporal punishment in Bangladesh schools and madrassahs – both significant in their own right. Bangabandhu (1920/03/17 – 1975/08/15) was a member of an elite group of men who changed the course of history and indelibly carved his name in marble. Among others to have done so were Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Michael Collins, John F. Kennedy, and more recently Nelson Mandela, to mention a few. Of all his many outstanding attributes, the one that gets my five-stars admiration and loudest applause is his abhorrence of corporal punishment. Like all learned men, it made no sense to hi...

Bangladesh’s performance a ‘development surprise’

Tasneem Siddiqui

Pakistan is a country which is always in crisis — some of the crises are endemic, others temporary. Starting with the crisis of legitimacy and identity — whether Pakistan is a Muslim country or an Islamic state — to questions of provincial autonomy, civil-military imbalance and perpetual allegations of rigged elections, we are always in a state of uncertainty and confusion. A corollary of this predicament is that even after 72 years, we have not been able to find our ...
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Fourth Phase of Human Rights Education

A. R. Farrukh Ahamed


       Can we recall Parimal, a teacher of the city’s famous Viqarunnisa Noon School & College who violated his own students? It was almost five years ago. This incident then created huge public anger countrywide. Parimal was eventually arrested. But now we forget him as well as his misdeed and thus it has been almost completely sank into oblivion. By the time, there have been many more Parimals rooted across the country. Panna in Rajshahi, Maulana Sirajuddaula in Feni, Mufti Jashim in Narayanganj and so many others. We have examples of Parimals to show, but could do nothing to reign the situation.

Rapists are still at large and we just know a few of the...

Imbalanced assessment in higher education: Will it be reviewed?

Mili Saha

A widespread issue is the poor standard we maintain in our higher education system. I often talk to my colleagues or students teaching in different universities or colleges about it, and I debate as well. Everyone has the same view, in spite of having many universities, we cannot upgrade the quality of education. Moreover, experts frequently complain it is even degrading, and higher education learners do not have to read many things. Only five percent of them write well in the test books. Some of us accuse infrastructural scarcity and administrative flaws as well. Sometimes teachers' professional sincerity, teaching methods, and teacher qualifications are also questioned.  However, I am never much...