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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