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20 February, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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No Shaheed Minar at most schools

Our Correspondent, Tangail
No Shaheed Minar at most schools

A large number of schools and colleges in Tangail are without Shaheed Minars (martyrs' monuments) on their premises, though they are the symbols of  the historic Language Movement.

The Language Movement is an important event in Bangladesh’s national life. The country’s Liberation War drew its inspiration from that movement in 1952.

Considering the sacrifices made during the Language Movement, February 21 has been designated as International Mother Language Day by the United Nations. Shaheed Minars are the symbols of that epochal movement.

But 1,946 educational institutions under 12 upazilas of Tangail district are without such memorial monuments on their premises. As a result, the pupils of those schools cannot imbibe the spirit of the  Language Movement and the Liberation War.

Sources say that among 1,629 primary schools under 12 upazilas, 1,516 are without Shaheed Minars. Only five out of a total 173 schools in Ghatail, six out of 150 under Sakhipur, seven out of 161 in Goplapur, three out of 79 in Basail, 13 out of 164 in Sadar upazila, five out of 100 in Delduwar, seven out of 179 in Mirzapur, 26 out of 172 in Kalihati, 10 out of 110 in Madhupur, seven out of 156 in Nagorpur, two out of 110 in Bhuapur, and 22 out of 85 in Dhanbari have erected Shaheed Minars on their premises.

Among 805 colleges, schools and madrasas under these upazilas, 430  have established Shaheed Minars. Only 10 out of 74 colleges in Sadar upazila, 10 out of 40 in Basail, 27 out of 83 in Kalihati, 31 out of 55 in Sakhipur, 25 out of 49 in Ghatail, 40 out of 70 in Goplapur, 25 out of 56 in Dhanbari, 38 out of 92 in Madhupur, 49 out of 79 in Mirzapur, 50 out of 106 in Delduwar, 27 out of 27 in Nagorpur and 38 out of 60 in Bhuaour have built Shaheed Minars.

Teachers, SMC members and students have no interest in observing nationally important days like International Mother Language Day, Victory Day and Independence Day in most of these educational instituions. Like other holidays, the teachers and students pass these days in idle activities.

When asked, some students said that they were not even aware of Shaheed Minars, Victory Day and Independence Day! They said they did not go to the Shaheed Minar to pay homage to the martyrs.

Md Abul Hashem Mia, headmaster of Hamidpur Govt Primary School,  said that they could not build a Shaheed Minar due to funds crunch and the lack of any directive from the government.

Abdul Aziz, district primary education officer of Tangail, said that Shaheed Minars should be built for the benefit of the children who study in their mother tongue in these schools. "But there is no budget to build such memorial monuments. It should be built with grants from affluent people," he added.

Bulbul Khan Mahbub, a language hero and a veteran freedom fighter, said it was shameful that a large number of educational institutions did not have Shaheed Minars in the district.

ADC (education) Md Ashraful Momin said that he was not aware that such a huge number of schools lacked such memorial monuments. He would inspire the school and college authorities to build Shaheed Minars in every educational institution, Momin added.

Our Noakhali correspondent adds: There is no Shaheed Minar at most of the educational institutions in Laxmipur district.

Imam Uddin, a government primary school teacher said students in 90 per cent educational institutions cannot arrange programmes on the 21st of February due to lack of Shaheed Minar.

Mahafujur Rahman Bhuiyan, district primary education officer told The Independent that they will send proposals to higher authorities in this regard.

Some locals said when the 21st of February comes some newsmen come to schools and publish reports on this issue, but in vain. Authorities do not take action.

 

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