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October 10, 2003

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Dear Mita,
I'm 26 years old and my 16-year-old student has proposed to me. She is very attentive and I like her very much as a student. But I don't want to have any sort of romantic relationship with her. Her parents also trust me very much. But she's very serious about this and has said that if I don't respond positively, she will stop studying. How can I get out of this?

Dear F,
I am sure you know what is the right thing to do. The 16-year-old is immature and has an infatuation for you. You should dispel any such notions as soon as possible and preferably stop teaching her. Don't worry, she will not stop studying and is just threatening you.

Dear Mita,
I am 19 years old, have completed my H.S.C.s and am waiting for my results. I have some spare time now in which I would like to improve my English. I want to get admitted into an IELTS course but I am very weak in English. Will the course help? Do I need any preparation before taking it? Please help.

Dear AH,
You should go over and talk to institutions that offer the IELTS. Meanwhile, there are other ways to improve English such as reading the newspaper regularly, speaking, listening to audio English learning programmes, etc.

Dear Mita,
I'm in my MBA Second Term at DU. I would like to know about the appropriate age or time for marriage. Whenever the topic arises, there is a lot of controversy. Though this varies by situation, what is your opinion on the matter, for both men and women in our country?
-- L#10

Dear 10,
The legal age for marriage in Bangladesh is 18 for women and 21 for men. However, there is more to marriage than just abiding by the legal age. Marriage requires a high level of maturity, sense of responsibility and commitment. It takes a lot of hard work to make it work and two people must be prepared for a lot of challenges. In my opinion it should be postponed until the couple feels sure about each other, or in the least, both people should complete their basic degrees before going into it.


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