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25 November, 2015 00:00 00 AM
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Giving science education a boost

As for attracting students to opt for science education, the government can offer incentives, financial as well as other privileges such as tuition waiver
Giving science education a boost

The need for science education can never be underestimated. For all the practical purposes, including robust economic progress, we need to master all branches of science and technology and basic science education form the base of such further education. This was recently underscored at the closing session of an interschool science fair.
It is sad to note that at the SSC and HSC levels, students nowadays are less inclined to opt for education in the science stream. Many students prefer arts and commerce education because subjects in these streams are considered relatively easier to grasp and may not require intense concentration. At the tertiary level, many do not pursue pure science subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, etc. because they have comparatively fewer job prospects.
A graduate certificate on business education or accounting makes someone a better candidate in the ever-increasing corporate sector of the country. However, the dwindling interest in science at the SSC and HSC level is also due to the paucity of good teachers in certain subjects. In schools and colleges located in rural areas, this problem is very acute. Moreover, many students believe that for scoring better in science subjects they have to take private tuition. For students of poor parents this is rather hard.
Therefore, what the education policy makers need to do is clear: more students have to be encouraged to opt for science education. The government schools and colleges usually get better teachers, in sciences also, than their private counterparts. These have also laboratories---in many cases inadequately equipped though---for practical education on science. But in the private schools and colleges in many rural areas, there are hardly any science laboratory.
Now it is the education ministry that has to take up steps to enrich the existing laboratories and help institutions that do not have a laboratory. It can very well give grant to private schools and colleges to establish laboratory or can set the condition that unless an institution has a laboratory, it would not be offered MPO. The condition should be applied both for institutions receiving MPO and new candidates for MPO. The ministry, however, can both give grant and set the condition together.
As for attracting students to opt for science education, the government can offer incentives, financial as well as other privileges such as tuition waiver. The bottom line here is: an encouraging atmosphere for science education in the institution has to be created. And this is a necessity.

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Editor : M. Shamsur Rahman
Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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