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>WITH a staggering 137-day official holiday besides temporary closure due to natural calamities, Bangladesh schoolchildren get minimum time a year for academic activities among the Saarc nations, Suranjith Debnath reports in The Daily Star. (Click for full report)
Educational institutions, especially the government primary and high schools, officially remain open for only 228 days every year to cover class activities, examinations and other programmes.
Students of these schools get per week less than 30 hours to interact with teachers, much lower than that of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, the Maldives, Nepal, Bhutan and Afghanistan, sources in the education ministry say.
Even Pakistani students, who are the second lowest, get 35 hours every week, the sources add.
“The future of the nation is dark because school students lack adequate academic knowledge. Children’s time is not being utilised properly. Education has become a commodity where investment gets maximum priority,” renowned academician Prof Dr Zillur Rahman Siddique told The Daily Star.
“Students have to depend on private tuition because schools have failed to provide proper education. For this reason students from poor families, especially in rural areas, are being deprived of education,” said the former vice-chancellor of Jahangirnagar University.
Educationists suggest a drastic cut and adjustment of long annual leave like the 30-day Eid-ul-Fitr holiday, 18-day summer vacation, 17-day Eid-ul-Azha and winter vacation, which are in addition to the 52-day weekly holidays a year.
Every year natural disasters like floods and cyclones often impose unplanned holidays. Last year students of 39 districts were deprived of classes from August to October for two consecutive floods.
Moreover, students of 30 south and southeast districts could not attend their classes from November 15 to February due to devastating cyclone Sidr.
Around 5,000 educational institutions were destroyed completely and 15,000 more damaged partially due to two floods and Sidr last year.

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