Friday, February 13, 2009

Textbook crisis

AL-led grand alliance has assumed power at the outset of this year and soon has been faced with a veritable challenge which has been plaguing Bangladesh for the last several years - textbook crisis.

I wonder how publishers and their accomplices - some venal officials of concerned authorities can perpetrate such a heinous act like keeping our secondary school students, the future of our country, as hostage for satiating their greed for filthy lucre!

It seems to me that measures taken to get rid of the crisis on the part of government are lackadaisical. If the government would have given this issue its due attention from the onset, the situation could not deteriorate to such a grave extent. Failure to face the crisis successfully may start to undermine the trust of people in current government's ability to run the country properly.

The perception that education minister Nurul Islam Nahid is a man of integrity engenders expectation among us that he will leave no stone unturned to resolve this issue once and for all.

[ later published as a letter in The Daily Star on February 16, 2009 ]