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Smarter way to study

News Desk Teaching 2023-11-29, 7:29am


Bangladesh’s education has needed change for a long time.

In the pursuit of reaching our ultimate goal of building a prosperous and smart Bangladesh, the authorities concerned must be commended for recognizing the imperative need for a transformative shift in our education curriculum.

While there appear to be several criticisms at this stage, what cannot be disputed is that the traditional system had long become outdated in the face of 21st-century challenges and opportunities. The recent overhaul in the curricula therefore should not just be seen as a reform but is an investment in the nation's future, of developing Bangladeshis capable of leading Bangladesh to where it wants to go.

The previous curriculum, rooted in conventional teaching methods and rote learning, failed to equip students with the skills demanded by the rapidly evolving global landscape. In an era dominated by technology, innovation, and interconnectedness, the archaic system stifled creativity and critical thinking, leaving students ill-prepared for the demands of the modern world.

The new curriculum instead is looking to place emphasis on teacher-student connection and a more holistic education that fosters creativity, problem-solving, and adaptability. Most importantly, the curriculum is trying to incorporate practical, real-world applications of knowledge, preparing students not just for exams but for life beyond the classroom. All of this must be celebrated, and is done so with the right intentions.

Bangladesh’s education has needed change for a long time. While there must be acknowledgement of the growing pains that are inevitable after such a paradigm shift, there is need for patience and for the curriculum to operate as it is meant to.

Results will not happen overnight, but as Bangladesh prepares its youth for the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, this new curriculum could be the catalyst for the growth, innovation, and resilience required for us to reach our full potential.