Professor Tanbirul Alam is a high profile educationist. He has earned a vast experience in teaching and educational administration through working in different colleges and Rajshahi Education Board for a long time. First, he joined as Secretary to the board and later he was appointed as chairman.
While he took the responsibility of chairman, SSC and HSC examinations were just started at the time. In 2010, Junior School Certificate (JSC) exam has started first and since then till to date three examinations were held peacefully and in copy-free environment and all the results of these examinations have been published through digital system, he said in an exclusive interview with The Guardian.
He informed this correspondent that at present, an examinee and a guardian can know result through SMS, Teletalk and board website, adding that an epoch making step has been made through introducing the digital system into the activities of all education boards across the country and this has made the Rajshahi Education Board also to handle the system effectively.
The Chairman further informed that to put emphasis on science group and practical education, from the Rajshahi Education Board letters have already been sent to the principals and headmasters of the schools and colleges under this board, so that the learners become attentive to and interested in science education.
Professor Tanbirul Alam, in reply to a specific question, said that Rajshahi Education Board is providing the digital services with much dedication and transparency and success.
He mentioned that registration of different examinations through online, different form fill-up, application of re-assessment of exam scripts through Teletalk SMS system through online and publication of results and reception of application for admission in different colleges in online and results of qualifying students are sent through online to the colleges. Results of different scholarship exams are also published by digital system.
In overall activities, transparency has been ensured properly even from information service to all other affairs, he added.
In an exclusive interview, he replied to several questions asked by this correspondent of The Guardian, covering the activities of Rajshahi Education Board including different issues of challenges and developments of JSC, SSC and HSC education and teaching profession in Bangladesh.
His deliberations are quite interesting, educative and informative as well. The excerpts of his valuable interview are produced here for The Guardian readers at home and abroad:
The Guardian: Do you think creative method education system will be able to play an effective role in building up an internationally standard human resource in Bangladesh?
Chairman: Teaching in the classroom as well as taking examination based on creative method has already been started in the JSC and SSC levels. However, in the HSC level, teaching in the classroom based on creative method as well as examination in some subjects has also been started.
Meritorious students enlightened with creative minds can play an important role in overall change of our country through their qualifications and qualities. I cordially believe that this kind of method will help to play an effective role in building up an internationally standard skilled human resource in Bangladesh.
Creative education system creates new thoughts and increases the creativity among the learners. To make this method successful, training for the teachers in the secondary and higher secondary levels has already been launched and still more are being done. Side by side this, in our national educational policy, overall emphasis has been given to modern science and technology dependant and time suiting education, which is being reflected in different stages in our education system.
The Guardian: In our country, many think that passing rate or the number of GPA has increased though merit rate has not increased comparatively. What do you think about this and also to increase the number of meritorious students?
Chairman: After studying the passing rate or the results of last few years, it is seen that passing rate or GPA rate has continuously increased and it is still the case i.e. passing rate or GPA rate is increasing. In the present scenario of our economic and social condition, this question is very important, no doubt, to expect more good results.
We know in our national education policy top most importance has been given to merit. There is no denying of the fact that as a result of this, at present much interest among the students for receiving technology dependant, modern and time suiting education has already created as well as competitions to bloom one’s merit has increased. Its reflection is seen in the interest of the new students to study and the guardians are seen to have tendencies to make their children much interested and competitive in their studies.
At the same time, it is true that the learners who are passing in such a rate cannot be taken as meritorious ones. The passing rate or the number of the students passing in the exams is one thing while the thing of merit is another thing. Everyone is not born of being meritorious or with merit. It is to be earned through gradual efforts in academic environment. In our economic and social conditions, most students are having least merit and least students are meritorious. It is a matter of hope that this situation is changing to a great extent which is seen everywhere.
Through ensuring regular attendance in the classes, the increasing of the number of classes, more training for the teachers, we can make our learners interested for the technology dependant modern humanitarian education. At the same time, we can increase the number of meritorious students through changing our socio-economic conditions.
The Guardian: It is often seen that the meritorious students do not get interest to enter into teaching profession. As a result, it hinders the quality of education. What do you suggest to overcome the problem?
Chairman: It is said that the teachers hold the noblest profession. But, in reality, this proverb has experienced much change nowadays. The real meritorious persons are being attracted by different attractive professions. As a result, in our economic and social conditions, at last less meritorious learners are taking teaching as their career. Naturally, its quality at the primary level must be hindered, it is normal.
To overcome this situation, teaching profession should be made attractive from various sides so that the meritorious students feel attraction to this profession. It is true that majority of our teachers are neglected and lead a life bearing much poverty and shouldering burden.
Our present democratic government should become more attentive and cordial to their rights and respect so that the teachers’ community can become more cordial, attentive and assertive in performing their duties and responsibilities smoothly and expectedly. More training for the teachers in the primary, secondary and higher secondary levels should be arranged so that they can deliver their knowledge about technology dependant modern education system among our learners.
The Guardian: Please tell us something about the action-plans you have taken after taking the responsibility as the chairman of The Rajshahi Education Board?
Chairman: I took the responsibility as chairman of this board in 2010. SSC and HSC examinations were started just at that time. In 2010, Junior School Certificate (JSC) exam has started first and since then up to this date i.e. three examinations have been made peacefully and in copy-free environment and all the results of these examinations have been published through digital system.
At present, an examinee and a guardian can know result through SMS, Teletalk and board website. It is not the sole credit of Rajshahi Board. An epoch making step has been made through introducing the digital system into the activities of all education boards across the country and this has made the Rajshahi Board to handle it effectively.
Besides, to put emphasis on science group and practical education, from Rajshahi Education Board letters have already been sent to the principals and headmasters of the schools and colleges under this board. It has been done so that the learners become attentive to and interested in science education.
Besides these, Rajshahi Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board is providing the digital services with much dedication and transparency and success. Registration of different examinations through online, different form fill-up, application of re-assessment of exam scripts through Teletalk SMS system through online and publication of results and reception of application for admission in different colleges through online and results of qualifying students are sent in online to the colleges.
Results of different scholarship exams are also published by digital system. In overall activities, transparency has been ensured properly even from information service to all other affairs.
The Guardian: How much pleasure does teaching profession give you?
Chairman: Teaching holds the noblest profession. My father had served as a teacher at the beginning of his service life though afterwards he joined the government service. Naturally this profession inspires and encourages me. Side by side, I think I would be proud if the respect of our teachers, their rights and their different facilities or their demands could be properly ensured.
If so, more meritorious persons would enter into this profession more and their sense of responsibility would be ensured more. It is such a thing with which quality of education and its blooming are associated closely. Teaching is more independent than any other profession. Here one can study and have many chances for writings which give me much pleasure and it may be a part of reason for my feeling well.
The Guardian: Our War of Liberation is a proud event in our national life. If you have memory of that time, please tell us something about this.
Chairman: The great liberation war of 1971 is the most proud and significant event in our national life. That time, I was an SSC examinee. Many memories, many events and many surprising heroic memories still haunt me much. The barbarous acts or severe inhuman behaviours that the enemies committed to our innocent people grow deep abhorrence in my mind; which still pains me much in the leaves of my memoirs.
The ideals, thoughts and views which I would foster in my student life have gained its fulfilment through gaining our glorious freedom. I am fortunate that I have witnessed our great war of liberation. I feel proud of it still today.
Life sketch of Professor Alam
Professor Md. Tanbirul Alam was born in a respected Muslim family at Baliadangga village under Sadar upozilla of Chapainababgaonj district in 1955. He completed his primary and secondary education from his village school with good results. He passed his intermediate examination from Chapainababgaonj Govt. College at district town. Then, he earned his BA (Honours) and Master’s degree in History from Rajshahi University.
In 1982, he joined teaching profession in Govt. College through public service commission. He served in different colleges in the country for a long time with much dedication and skill. In 2009, he joined as Secretary of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, Rajshahi. He had been serving as Chairman of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, Rajshahi since 2010.
A high profile educationist, Professor Md. Tanbirul Alam is the fifth son of his father late Alhaj Taher Uddin. He seeks blessings from all.