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Visit by Bangladeshi Teachers

















Everything was unplanned. I was visiting on my own and thought of doing a little bit of research on schools in deprived areas. As most of our students are from Sylhet, I decided to go there and spend about a week. However, I was unsuccessful to make links with any schools. I managed to go to Netrokona which is the next area after Sylhet on North East of Bangladesh. This area is very deprived (Poor transport link; limited gas and electricity supply) compared to Sylhet which is thriving with the money from London. I couldn’t find any Londoni (name given by the locals to people who have relatives in England) in this area but the locals were very proud of what they had.

I visited two schools, one secondary school and a primary school. Both of them were mixed school.

Majlishpur High School: Acting Headteacher: Muktul Hussain

It is a mixed school with all year groups in a very poor environment. Most of the buildings had tin roofs except the main building. They had a muddy playground in the middle of school. There was no solid path to take you to the school buildings and it was difficult to walk through during rain. The school had no computers and everything was done manually.

I had the opportunity to visit and take some of the classes. There were lots of chalk and talk and no differentiation for different style of learners (VAK). When I talked to the teachers’ panel about my experience of teaching in UK, they seemed to know most of the strategies but did not put them into practice. Some teachers were excited and said they heard similar things in their CPD training. They were surprised to hear how many things we had to deal with or needed to know i.e. prior knowledge of student (student profile); dealing with display and keep it up to date etc.

Even though the school community lacked so many things that we take for granted, they still enjoyed what they have been doing with the community. The one thing that amazed me was that they did not seem to have any discipline problem. All the children were extremely well behaved and respected their teachers and peers. Kids were excited to show me their work.

New life Kindergarten:

This was also interesting for me to visit. One of their scheme was to visit learner’s at home in the evening by several of the teachers ensuring that learners were doing homework. It was livelier than the secondary and kids were still behaving immaculately.

I noticed children do not really get a free time on their own. They had to help their parents with chores after school but I did not see many of them complaining. It was a good fun with fishing and ploughing (at least for me!)

Atik Ambia Dakhil Madrasha: Acting Headteacher: Abdus Sattar

I had a great pleasure to visit this Madrasha. I assumed that they only studied religious subjects. To my surprise I discovered that they covered a varied curriculum including core subjects. The madrasha has classes from Year 1 to Year 10 and they have about 500 students. Girls and boys are taught together.

I received a warm welcome by students and teachers and was given a tour of the school. Afterwards I observed the whole school assembly and had the opportunity to answer their curious questions about education in UK.

I visited some KS4 lessons and was impressed with their knowledge in Maths. It was a worthwhile visit.

Atikur Rahman Bhuyan Girl’s Academy: Principal: Sharmin Rukshana

When I visited the academy, the students were having yearly exams, so I had the opportunity to talk to the teachers only in the staff room. We discussed good teaching practices and realised we had many practices in common.

Pervin Siraz Mohila College: Principal: Saiful Islam

After the tour of the college, I was taken to a Year 13 class to answer various questions regarding further education and opportunities in the UK.