On Reading of Daffodils

My take on English-medium education, GCSE curriculum, and potential avenues of change in Bangladesh.


When I first got to England in 1951, I looked out and there were Wordsworth’s daffodils. Of course, what else would you expect to find? That’s what I knew about. That is what trees and flowers meant. I didn’t know the names of the flowers I had left behind in Jamaica.

– Stuart Hall

On July 22, 2014, the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) submitted a draft-proposal to the Bangladeshi High Court titled “Private English Medium School and College Student Admission Policy 2013.” The policy proposes dividing up private English-medium schools and colleges in the country into three categories, and fixing admission and tuition fees accordingly. This move has been a long-time coming (the initial act was drafted in 2007) and will effectively codify a class-system among the private-schools, which my own experiences have taught me is predisposed to hierarchy and snobbery.

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$265 million deal signed with WB

$265 million deal signed with WB

New stage of the mass education project meant to ensure Bangladesh meets the MDGs initiated. On first glance Bangladesh is poised to meet the goal of gender and representational parity in educational enrollments. But in actuality this drive has not really aimed for functional literacy skills (few can actually read at all) and even then dropout-numbers are really high.