POST TIME: 7 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Makeshift schools in low areas welcome

Makeshift schools in low areas welcome

In Bangladesh many educational institutions, particularly primary schools, get damaged every year due to floods and river erosions in Bangladesh, causing an enormous loss of money and a break in the holding of classes. Considering this, the government is planning to set up makeshift primary schools in areas prone to natural calamities like river erosion to evade the loss of permanent concrete buildings.

Every year natural calamities result in the loss of many government primary schools, especially those located near different riverbanks. Even primary schools with permanent concrete structures go under water in the flood-prone as well as Haor and the coastal areas, resulting in severe damage to school buildings.

When such schools are submerged in water or washed away by the river, all educational activities have to be shut down till the damaged buildings are repaired or new buildings are built. Every year, educational activities in primary schools are stopped for almost six months in the flood-prone Haor or coastal areas.

So children remain out of school during the natural calamities. For setting up makeshift primary schools in disaster-prone areas a proper survey should be conducted. Local lawmakers may be involved in the project. In the past irregularities and malpractices marred many a prospective project causing a huge drainage of the public money. Keeping it in mind, there should be accountability and transparency in the works done.

Education is one of the basic human rights as enshrined in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But how many people enjoy this right in the country? When the government has taken various measures for promoting education in the country, including female education, the school dropout problem is a matter of grave concern.

It is clear as the daylight that quality education eludes the children belonging to underprivileged classes. Scores of schools in rural areas lack infrastructural facilities and competent teachers, hampering education. People from urban areas as well as from remote rural areas should enjoy the equal facility of education. There should not be any discrimination in matters of receiving quality education.

The poor students should also have access to technical education equally. If it is done, they will acquire the skills to compete in the job market. It will not augur well to keep the children of underprivileged class out of the development process. They should be allowed to play their roles in steering the country ahead.