Problems in Secondary Level Education
Secondary education is the second stage of education system in Bangladesh. Students admit the class after completing their primary level. However, Many talks have been done in the recent times regarding the problems of higher education and its aspects. But, we are yet to reach to a unanimous decision about what to do or what to bar. Education sector of Bangladesh has been lag-behind just because of some moths that have been eating out the substances even though they are endowed with certain duties and responsibilities. These moths who are degrading our teaching and learning environment are to be found out soon and we had better find out a way out to overcome this massive national concern.
Flaws of education are prevailing in our education system for the long time. Where our faults are lie? Who are the moths to eat out our hard-earned substances? What we have found out are detailed here:
The first burden of our education is the teachers who are suffering from sloth in terms of teaching and learning. Many are teaching at our high schools without having any updated knowledge about education. They got appointed either by nepotism or by political backs. Sometimes there are some teachers who were given chances just because of the lack of qualified candidates.
I myself read at a high school in the rural area of south Chittagong where we had literally no teachers who had got good training and command over the subject they used to instruct. They just used to come, call rolls, read out some pages and kept waiting for the bell to ring. Not that they weren't given any training in Teaching and assessing, but it is their lack of intention to turn their wheels.
The second problem is the lack of qualified teachers who have got honors and Masters Degree in their related topics. Teachers were often recruited without having the proper requirements. So these teachers are often failure in terms of disseminating quality knowledge and create fervor of learning among the students. Once one of my teachers from a Govt College told me, 'only first class teachers can produce first teachers'. Moreover these teachers are so backdated in their approach to teaching that they are hardly aware of the newly recommended or suggested curriculum. In fact they are teaching from a fossilized position.
If one pays heed to the question of Secondary examination question of both papers of English, then he or she will have an Outlook what are going on in the name communicative English teaching. Many topics of the question papers are pretty easy for even a class five students. Choice of topics and subject matters in public exams seems to be unskilled and unplanned. There must be a uniform guideline.
Another basic and fundamental problem of our education is the interference of local politicians who make the teachers compelled to allow the unworthy candidates to step into next classes. This relatively creates anarchy in the academia and in the long run creates disastrous fall-down in the percentage of pass.
If these problems are checked well, then it will usher a way out from the abysses of failure.
However, in order to ensure quality education for all, the holistic and balanced development of the education sector is required, where teachers and students have a sufficient opportunity enriching knowledge power.
Lecturer in English,