School curriculum is also not safe from corruptions

Md Rezaul Karim By Md Rezaul Karim, 7th May 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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This is about the educational system in Bangladesh, particularly at school level, where all the far reaching impact on the total socio-economic life is affected and disturbed..

Changing the Curriculum – Whose interests?


People are worried about their children’s education and future in Bangladesh. This country has become a research pot for the foreign agencies and donors that we call adorably ‘our development partners’! The most notorious and devastating impact is fallen on the school education system and syllabus, where the need for education and learning objectivities are unfocused and misspelled. There are many loopholes in the various sectors; critics say no single out field of life will be found un-faulty in Bangladesh. Where as the soft target of education at the school level was made target to destroy the education system and learning spirits of the children.

Let’s focus on the basics of schooling. The simplest objectives of education should be understanding what the lessons are made for and their application there on afterwards. Our neighboring countries, let leave the other developed countries, have been following standard primary and secondary education systems for a long time and they have been doing it successfully like ours. But all on a sudden couple of years back the education system found to be back dated (!), so, many revisions and new concepts began pouring from consultants pockets, rather pockets are full with bucketful of bucks. Whenever a new project, a bigger one, is taken it has the vital vitamin in it- the sharing of money. How and who will get what. It began from top to bottom. In our countries the projects and plans are made to law and policies- only if- it is found to be beneficial to the persons financially, literally speaking. There would be no new amendments, no new rules and regulations, nor even any law in the public interests. All laws are made and added or corrected only if there are financial benefits out of it could be found.

Sadly, the schooling or primary and secondary education system is changed in Bangladesh, with those ill motives. New curriculum, new subjects and examination systems are coming and came to make it more worse quality of education. Now the schools at different levels following different methodology and curriculum, side by side the government approved syllabus for government schools. There are rules not to disobey the government syllabus, yet no private schools are following it- they put extra books and subjects for students above those standards. It sounds cool, more studies will be done by students; sadly that is not the case. The primary objective is to sell the books and earn money from students. Secondly, what would be the upper classes mean, what are the learning differences between different stages of schools are important. If the student of Grade Two and Grade Three has no difference in terms of learning, what is the need for different classes? The lines of learning between levels are vague and not clear, since most of the classes actually learning the more or less same materials, but different branding of books. What happens at the end of schooling when they come to the Universities, we got them learned nothing as they are expected.

This was not the case before. All the new syllabus and curriculum changes actually meant for earning higher from parents pockets. Teachers don’t go for teaching in the classes; rather they do it for duties and marketing for their private tuitions. More attentions and seriousness is found in them for private tuition, rather than class teaching. School management also understands the matter, they don’t offer good financial packages, as there is an unexplained understanding between teachers and management that you work for me and let’s earn together. Get less pay from us management, and earn as you can from parents. So, the focus is mostly on how to catch most of the students in batches for private tuitions. School teachers’ homes have become a second school for the students now a days. Where the students are big in numbers they opened it outside home, calling them ‘Coaching Center’. Very big lucrative education tuition business, where most of the teachers from good schools and colleges are involved with. Why pupils are pouring in there- to have good grades- that’s what the centers are focusing. To do that they adopt illegal ways of collecting question papers or have links with the question paper setters who do it for public examinations. If you have the link you can get your students prepared easily and optimally to have the higher scores in the public exams. For the home tutors or private tuitions, the class teachers also prepare the students with questions which they will see in the exams, the rest is less important to learn. So, all the months and weeks they practice those few questions and well prepared and have good scores as a result. Parent got their value for money, and teachers got their good will!! Business is unstoppable, and the rampage of students for the best performing teachers grows up! The end result is good graded improperly done graduates, who actually have very few capacity to study at higher level, or produce as expected!

Question is- don’t the policy makers knew it? Answer is yes, and no. Yes, because some people knew it but could do nothing, secondly, which can do something, they are not worried as their children are studying abroad and /or following international schools. Thirdly, for financial objectives they might be not much interested to stand against.

One might ask how the financial matter comes in there. Let us not discuss the whole as it would be a like big mammoth task at this moment. So, take a tiny example. At this moment every students and classes are worried and focusing on the learning of ‘how to do art works, paintings'? Art is a compulsory subject at the public exams. Meaning, the total scores will be affected if one compulsory subject is done well or badly. So, parents are chasing Art teachers, and buying material to do art works. One can easily imagine, how big the color pencils, painting materials, tools and logistics are selling. The painting materials are not cheap; rather it costs the most among all the books and pencils. Who are profiting out of it? The big companies, how the schools and teachers are getting benefits? Schools are having commissions as they are suggesting a particular brand. The teachers who are supposed to be otherwise engaged with less regular earnings, now have become pretty busy with tuition, teaching students how to draw structures and natures!

In the end, the total hard earned GDP is wasted, parents have been under pressure, students too, as they are to spare extra time on it. What is the benefit in terms of educational learning and standards remains to be doubtful, and the University teachers are to face problems when they will come for higher degrees…

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Bangladesh, Bangladesh Government, Curriculum, Education, Education System, Educational Centers, Educational Institutes, Educational Stage, Educator, School

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
I am a teacher engaged with the Southern University Bangladesh. I Like to use my spare time by writing and reading. I take it as a fun and source of inspiration in pursuing knowledge.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
7th May 2014 (#)

Thanks Karim for this share; that is not peculiar to your country. Everything is now business and education is big business. I know of doctors trying to entice their patients for needless tests having fee sharing with laboratories. We are becoming slaves to greed - siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
8th May 2014 (#)

Surely you got the point and understand what is going on around... particularly in Bangladesh parents are very much serious about their children's GPA rather than what they have been learning at schools.... What a race?
Thanks for commenting Siva ji..

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th May 2014 (#)

What Siva said. In the US, so much is driven by profit margins. Hour per hour, I made more money as a tutor teaching children how to succeed in the American Education System than I ever did as a teacher in that system. But after spending 40 hours a week in school, who has the time (or money) for a private tutor? It is a sad, sick cycle.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
8th May 2014 (#)

Still the situation in the developed world a bit different and the mentality of parents too... Still the moral side of education and reality of learning and to be a real human being in the society is missing... the broken link...
Thanks Phyl for sharing ideas..

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
7th May 2014 (#)

oh I do so agree with what siva has commented...greed corruption rife everywhere nowadays..the Age of Iron is compressing us in so many ways..much light to all of us...

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
8th May 2014 (#)

People are restless nowadays.. after death in the family brothers and sisters are fighting immediately the very next day for the property shares. Sacrificing and greed are two dimensions in the human heart that are struggling relentlessly to win, where the sacrificing for others is frustrated....

Thanks Carolina..

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
8th May 2014 (#)

Dear Karim, the siblings are fighting even while parents are alive sending them to an early and painful death. It is better to live with no liabilities or assets; okay, just the bare necessities. If I take a life policy for more than I am worth, can I blame my family for counting the money even when I am alive? siva

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
11th May 2014 (#)

Agreed.. and I subscribe the point of your views.. Thank you Siva ji..

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author avatar Delicia Powers
9th May 2014 (#)

Concern heartfelt Md...thank you...

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
11th May 2014 (#)

Oh thank you Delicia my friend.. Have a nice time..

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author avatar M G Singh
15th May 2014 (#)

It is the same story in sll countries

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
16th May 2014 (#)

How come it was never been the same while we were at the school long thirty years back..

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author avatar Ptrikha
28th Oct 2014 (#)

Yes thirty or even 15 years back, the scenario was much different and emphasis was on making good students, not on maximizing profits.

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author avatar madugundurukmini
22nd May 2014 (#)

interesting content

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
22nd May 2014 (#)

Thank you madu ji...

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author avatar Ptrikha
28th Oct 2014 (#)

Making money from students' parents is the practice increasingly being followed in Indian Private schools too.

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author avatar Md Rezaul Karim
28th Oct 2014 (#)

Thanks Ptrikha..

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author avatar Marzeus von Hemelen
1st Nov 2015 (#)

Yep, this destroying of any kind of quality of the education system is a worldwide trend it seems.

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