Khulna, Aug 4 (UNB) – From primary school to college level, you will not find a full class in Khulna but visit any of the coaching centres that have proliferated in the city, and you will see every batch they run filled to the brim with students.
Concerned people urged the teachers to come back to their ethical responsibilities despite the Education Department taking no interest in this matter at all.
They also urged the guardians not to send their children to the coaching centres, many of them run by teachers otherwise employed by the schools or colleges.
It is known that there are about 200 coaching centres in Khulna metropolitan city run by those who do not belong to any institution. Besides, there are also a number of coaching centres run by the teachers working in various educational institutions.
Earlier, the teachers used to be somewhat worried about such involvements on the side, thanks to the vigilance of the government and the local administration.
Nowadays however, everything is going on unabated in the absence of any visible action to deter them, despite evidence of the direct involvement of teachers in coaching centres.
Due to this, at present these teachers are advertising their private coaching through posters mentioning their names, the name of the institutions where they work, positions, degrees and various other matters.
Many educational institutions are functioning on pen and paper only, and even have routines for the students. The teachers attend the classrooms according to the routine but sufficient students are not available there.
Ironically, they do not face problems for being absent in their classrooms, as long as they attend their batch at the coaching centres run by the teachers.
Thus the educational institutions are growing bereft of students while the coaching centres are running at full capacity.
Golam Rabbani, guardian of a student of Khulna City College, said his college going ward does not want to attend classes at his college, but never misses his coaching batch.
Explaining the cause for this, he said that if his son misses his batch, it is being monitored by the coaching centre authority but there is no such monitoring in college.
“The major attraction of the school or college-bound students are to attend coaching centres or batches,” said Rekha Akhter, guardian of a student of Khulna BL College, adding that the teachers remain busy with their personal works when they come to college, on the other hand the students remain busy with their coaching centre batches.
When reaction was sought in this regard, Principal of Khulna BL College Prof KM Alamgir Hossain avoided the question and suggested meeting him at the college, but he was not available there either. He suggested seeking an appointment for coming to him with such queries.
TM Zakir Hossain, Principal of Khulna Government Women’s College, said his college also failed to keep the students in classes, suggesting “appropriate initiative of the administration is desirable”.
Prof Sheikh M Badiuzzaman, Principal of Government Model School and College at Boira in Khulna, said: “The teachers lack commitment, ethics and responsibilities. Moreover, the guardians should also come back from the coaching-batch oriented mentality. In this way, the classes can be filled with concerted efforts.”
When contacted, Prof Sheikh Harunur Rashid, Director of Secondary and Higher Education of Khulna district, said, “It wouldn’t be necessary for the students to rush to coaching centres if the teachers remain sincere in their classes.”
“The teachers also have their personal interest to be involved with coaching centres, but there’s no alternative for them to being attentive to their students in classes,” he pointed out.
Dhaka, Aug 4 (UNB) - Cattle markets in the city are getting prepared ahead of Eid-ul-Azha in full swing as traders bring a huge number of sacrificial animals from across the country to the capital for sales.
Visiting different cattle markets in the city, the UNB correspondent found that structures for keeping the cattle are being prepared in the makeshift cattle markets.
Leasers were also taking special measures to deal with rains in the days ahead.
Some 25 makeshift cattle markets will be set up in the capital under Dhaka North and South City Corporations (DNCC and DSCC), up from 22 last year.
The DSCC will host 14 cattle markets, while the DNCC will accommodate the other 11. Apart from the makeshift cattle markets, the permanent cattle market in Gabtoli will also be in business.
The cattle markets under the DSCC will be located at Meradia Bazar Playground, open spaces of Dhupkhola playground, No. 41 Kawartek playground, open spaces of Amulia Model Town, Aftabnagar Eastern Housing Dawkandi Endulia, Maitree Shangho playground, Shyampur Balur Math, No. 32 Shamsabad playground, Hazaribagh field at Zigatola, Lalbagh Rahmatganj playground, Chairman Bari intersection in Kamrangirchar, Gopibagh Balur Math & open spaces adjacent to Kamalapur Stadium and open space of ShanirAkhra-Daniya playground.
The cattle markets under the DNCC will be found at: Open spaces at Kawla-Shialdanga, Uttara-10 Sluice gate to Kamarpara Bridge, open spaces on north side of Mirpur DOHS, open spaces of Dhaka Polytechnic Institute, open spaces of Shahidnagar Housing in Uttarkhan, Badda Eastern Housing (Aftabnagar), open space of Eastern Housing at Mirpur- 6, Khilkhet Banorupa Residential Project, open spaces near the bridge No 1 & 2 at Uttara Sector 15, Vatara (Sayed Nagar), Mohammadpur Intellectual Road adjacent open spaces, and open spaces of both side of the 300 Feet road of Khilkhet.
Chairman of the cattle market committee in Mugda area Mohammad Sirajul Islam said they have already started their works in the field to provide best services to the traders who are expected to start crowding the city from the coming week.
Mugda Social Welfare Society took the lease of the cattle market in the area which is located at Gopibagh Balur Math and open spaces adjacent to Kamalapur stadium.
He said they will also make arrangements for cowsheds, car parking facilities for buyers, and CCTV surveillance. There will also be special arrangements for cattle traders’ temporary accommodation.
The leasing authorities also informed that they will be active in checking fake note exchange as circulation of fake money can harm the traders.
Fake note detection machines will be available in the markets to detect counterfeit currency right away, they added.
The leasers expected that cattle traders will start arriving at the haats (makeshift markets) from August 7, while some will come earlier from the flood-hit areas to save their cattle.
Visiting another haat at the open space of ShanirAkhra-Daniya playground, the UNB correspondent found the same type of preparations underway.
The leasing authorities informed that they will provide all the services like previous years.
They informed that every year they face the challenge of accommodating all the cattle in limited spaces.
The number of cattle farms has been increasing day by day in Dhaka and its adjacent areas targeting Eid-ul-Azha.
According to Dhaka Livestock department, there are 16,728 sacrificial animals in stock in 2,680 cattle farms spread around Dhaka City’s Sutrapur, Tejgaon, Lalbagh, Mohammadpur and Savar, Dhamrai, Keranignaj, Nababganj and Dohar.
They sell their cattle online and to their known clients without bringing them into the haats as some buyers feel better buying their sacrificial animals from the farms instead of haats.
Besides, consumers have started booking sacrificial animals through online platforms, which is now a very popular way of purchasing something in the digital age.
There will be one police camp for each of the markets, while constant supervision and security will be ensured by Rapid Action Battalion (Rab) through CCTV surveillance.
Veterinary services at the cattle haats on the occasion of the holy Eid-ul-Azha will be available.
The Department of Livestock Services (DLS) will set up laboratory test facilities at the livestock farms across the country for controlling use of unhealthy chemicals on the sacrificial animals.
Veterinary medical teams will also be working at the haats in the city to provide instant service.
The Health and Family Welfare Ministry's concerned department will take an initiative to control the supply and selling of all steroids and hormone-related drugs which are harmful to animal health, according to the ministry officials.
Sources at the Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB), the border guards will strictly monitor the frontier areas to check the smuggling of unhealthy chemicals.
The number of sacrificial animals in the country this year for Eid –ul-Azha is 1.7 crore, a slight increase from last year’s 1.6 crore.
Eid-ul-Azha, the second largest religious festival of Muslims, will be celebrated on August 12.
Barguna, Aug 4 (UNB) – Amid the disturbing trend of sexual abuse by individuals in positions of great responsibility in the country’s schooling system, the headmaster of a government primary school in Patharghata upazila faces the charges of sexually harassing his 20 students.
Following a written complaint, the District Primary Education Office has asked the upazila primary education officer to investigate the allegations against Maulana Abdul Halim, headmaster of Dakkhin-Purba Ghutabachha Nuria Govt Primary School under Kalmegha union.
The mother of a victim, a Class-V student, lodged a written complaint with Upazila Primary Education Officer Nagendranath Sarker on July 28. Later, it was sent to District Primary Education Officer Mizanur Rahman.
According to the complaint, the headmaster took at least 20 students, including her daughter, to the school library at different times and sexually abused them.
He also threatened to beat them and issue transfer certificates if they disclosed the matter to anyone, the complainant said, adding that her daughter, however, narrated the incident to her.
She also said she informed the school managing committee president of the incident but he tried to hush up it in “exchange for huge money”.
A number of female students of the school said Halim used to touch different sensitive parts of their bodies and take them on his lap.
Locals also alleged that the headmaster runs a coaching centre in the morning and afternoon every day defying the government order. “He also threatens the students that they can’t pass examinations unless they take private lessons from him,” said Nurul Islam Dhalu, a local resident.
The headmaster, however, denied all the allegations, terming those a conspiracy against him.
The district primary education officer said he received the complaint against the headmaster. “I’ve asked Pathargatha Upazila Education Officer Nagendranath Sarker to investigate the allegations and submit a report within seven days. Actions will be taken against him following the probe report.”
Dhaka, Aug 3 (UNB) – It was a weekend morning, and Fahim Muhammad Tajrain, a Class III student at St. Gregory’s High School and College in Old Dhaka, was playing with a ball on Manik Mia Avenue, the usually busy road adjoining the South Plaza of the National Parliament complex.
Not only Fahim, but also a good number of other children could be seen taking advantage of the wide expanse of Manik Mia Avenue, playing everything from badminton, basketball, cricket, and football. Some were even drawing, flying kites, or cycling, as part of the ‘Car-free Road’ event organized on Friday.
An organizer of the event, ANM Masum Billah Bhuiyan, Policy Assistant at the Institute of Wellbeing (IWB), told UNB that the event was a periodic initiative to discourage the use of cars. Called “Car Free Dhaka Street”, it takes place on the first Friday of every month. Now many private and government organisations have joined to support the initiative.
“Actually the event is arranged aiming to reduce traffic congestion, strengthening the civic network among city dwellers and allocating a space for children to play under the sky,” he added.
It won the support of Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader, who declared to keep Manik Mia Avenue car-free at least for a day. Eventually they managed just under half a working day. Quader’s announcement paved the way for this initiative to begin its journey on March 22, 2017. The event is now arranged on first Friday of every month from 8am to11 am.
“I was born in Old Dhaka where no proper playgrounds or open spaces exist for us to enjoy. It’s not always good to be stuck inside in room of house. However, I am very happy to come here. I will come here for every event,” Fahim told UNB.
He also said, ‘If we had such open spaces in Old Dhaka or near our home then we would not have taken the bus here. I could play here every afternoon.’
His father Najmul Huda, a government official, regretted that Fahim lacks the recreation facilities he enjoyed as a little boy, when he and his friends could play in a number of places to pass the time.
“But now our children can’t play for lack of playgrounds. They are passing time on their mobile all the time and that’s very harmful for their bodies. To expand memory, open spaces for children is a must,” he also said.
He said that the government is laying emphasis on only visible development so buildings are being built in unplanned ways without thinking about future generation. So Dhaka turned into “an unlivable city”.
Another guardian Shahin Mia who came to the avenue with his son Sabbir, a class 6 student at Manipur High School and College, said that he does not have enough time to go out with his son due to his private sector job. So his son plays in his small room.
Bhuiyan of IWB said, “If we can make a private car-free Dhaka then it’ll be better place to live for the dwellers. We would ride public buses and somewhat get rid of traffic jam and children would get more space to play.”
He also said, “We would like to discourage the use of private cars as it impacts on environment. So we want car-free streets in cities. The World Car Free Day has been observed on September 22 every year since 2006. We want to ride public buses and reduce traffic jam.”
Bhuiyan added that public vehicles should run on the roads instead of private car as it puts extra pressure on roads and harms the environment. Once roads were only for walking but these are now occupied by cars polluting the environment.
“However, we also arrange car free street event at Mohammadpur area on Third Saturday of every month. It will be expanded further to ensure sustainable development across the country,” he informed.
Taking turns on a bicycle, Fatima and her little brother Rafsan could be seen having a quarrel over whose turn should be next to go for a ride, on the side of the avenue which was kept shut to normal traffic for three hours as part of the car-free event.
“Our children usually don’t see open spaces in the growing city. The roads are always filled with traffic. It’s an excellent initiative; it gives the kids a space to breathe,” said their mother Nilufar Akter, who accompanied them.
Abu Naser Khan, Chairman of Poribesh Bachao Andolan (POBA), said that they have been organizing a car-free street event with international bodies since a generation back.
“Dhaka is one of the most populated cities of the world. Always traffic jam takes the street here. Besides, cars are polluting environment. If we can discourage use of cars then the city will get a positive message. We will somewhat get rid of traffic jam and children also get open spaces to play,” he added.
Mohammed Nurul Amin, Director of Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority (DTCA) told UNB that earlier the event was arranged by some NGOs. In 2016, we took part with them as different countries in the world celebrate car free street.
“Actually we want to discourage use of private car. There are huge traffic jams in those cities where there are more cars. If we can increase awareness among the people by initiating such event then congestion would reduce and people would get relief from environmental hazards,” he also said.
He further added that cars are kept off the roads in many developed counties including Europe one day in a week. “But we can’t do that here. However, we started at the avenue; it will be expanded further in future.”
Narayanganj, Aug 3 (UNB)- Panam City, an attractive tourist spot in Sonargaon, and Bangladesh Folk Art & Craft Foundation here are losing attraction due to the dilapidated condition of roads in the areas.
Visiting the areas, the UNB correspondent recently found big and small potholes and stagnant water on the roads making the movement of local people as well as tourists very troublesome one.
Potholes filled with rainwater were seen just 100 yards of the main gate of the Bangladesh Folk Art & Craft Foundation.
Locals alleged that a company named “Western Constructions and Shipbuilders” completed the renovation work with substandard materials barely five months back.
The roads of this important tourist zone get waterlogged even after a little rain, causing immense sufferings to local people and tourists, including those from abroad, they said.
They blamed poor drainage system in the area for the water logging.
“Lack of proper and regular maintenance works has made the roads dilapidated and vulnerable,” Najmul Hasan, a resident of Sonargaon upazila.
Deputy Director of the Bangladesh Folk Art & Craft Foundation Rabiul Islam said it was an embarrassing situation when a 50-member delegation of Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC) recently visited the Panam City and the Foundation enduring all the troubles on the shabby roads.
Contacted, Additional Deputy Engineer of Narayanganj Roads Division Motiar Rahman said the road remains waterlogged for the lack of proper drainage system. “Relevant authorities have been contacted to solve the problem and fix the road quickly,” he added.
Panam City, an ancient historical city, is one of the most visited tourist spots in Bangladesh.
Among the three cities of boro nagar (big city), Panam City was the most attractive one. There are many historical buildings which were built centuries ago and those are related to the history of Baro-Bhuiyan. It covered a 20-km area of Sonargaon.
The Bangladesh Folk Arts and Crafts Foundation is a government foundation that is responsible for the preservation of; and arranging training programmes on arts and crafts.