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|Volume 10 |Issue 28 | July 22, 2011 ||
Absence of Freedom of Choice
I would like to thank The Star Magazine to throw light on the rudimentary problems prevailing around the tertiary-level education. The crucial point I find amiss in the cover-story is the absence of freedom of choice in terms of language. It is not only a colonial mindset but also a counterproductive practice to nourish the notion that receiving education in English can only ensure the quality of the individuals. Former UGC chairman Prof. Nazrul Islam told in a television channel unequivocally that, as per their rule, provision to use mother language should be maintained by all departments in a university so that students can have freedom of choice regarding the language used for instruction in receiving education. English has become proverbial, he argues, not because the particular department wants to maintain the quality of education; rather they want to fulfill the commercial demands of education. I had the privilege to get the opinion of students of different faculties who frequently complain that absence of mother language has compelled them to memorise and regurgitate their lessons in the exam without having a critical overview of the issues. In case of private universities, the provision is always out of consideration. It has contributed to a process of intellectual degeneration in our country. However, only freedom of choice can bring a substantive change in this respect.
Md Jamil Akhter
Stop driving while distracted
Most of time we the readers find a familiar headline in the newspaper, which is about road accidents in some part of our country and deaths of a number of people as a result of it. The reason behind these accidents is either reckless driving, violation of traffic rules and signals or overloaded vehicles, worn out and unmetalled roads. Now with modernisation, the reasons behind accidents have also become modern like listening to one’s ipod while driving, talking on the phone and driving, playing music too loudly and driving. Recently, as a result of being distracted, an accident took place which drew my attention; so many little children lost their lives in the accident. The driver had been chatting on the phone when the accident happened.
Nip it in the bud
Needless to mention, many street children are commonly seen moving around particularly in urban areas. Most of them have been abandoned by parents who could not afford to keep them. They are often seen scavenging food in the stack of garbage kept beside roads. They are very often treated cruelly by almost every class of people living in our civilised society. They are the ultimate victims of systematic deprivation of human rights owing to their misfortune. They are born injured and we, the civilised people are adding salt to their injuries through sheer apathy and inhuman treatment. We never talk to them nicely, since their class belongs to the part of our minds, where only abhorrence and ignorance co-exist. This world must seem very cruel to them and they grow up experiencing neglect and cruelty that merely help them to become involved in all sorts of crime. They need help from every citizen of the nation to be able to live a decent life. If they are ignored like this, then they will also ignore the social norms and values and the difference between right and wrong. However, mere government or other NGOs can't ensure the full provision for these less fortunate children. We as citizens ought to come forward by extending our helping hands in this regard. Let's nip the problem in the bud.
Social Disaster Management 101
Heartiest congratulations to you for finally pointing out some important facts that have been ignored for a long time. I found the article excellent, noteworthy and the instructions should be zealously adhered to in one's day to day life.
Nevertheless, there are three very important words that an average Bengali fails to use, these are popularly known as the magic words in the East Coast of America. These magic words are, "Please and Thank you" and that is something you forgot to mention in your piece.
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