Our schools need better facilities now

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I remember once walking out of my school’s administrative office with a disappointing look on my face. The school administration had just turned down our call to hire a coach for our school’s debate club. It was not surprising.

To be fair, this is not something that only happens at my school, but most school authorities across the country seem extremely reluctant to invest in or develop facilities beyond the minimum required for academia. .

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Often, school computer labs are not particularly well equipped with the necessary facilities for students. To add salt to the wound, the staff in charge of these labs are often the least tech-savvy you can find, making it extremely difficult for students to gain useful knowledge of computing and technology. .

Problems regarding the lack of facilities extend to other areas such as the lack of adequate and diverse playgrounds, sports equipment and books in school libraries. This lack of facilities prompts me to ask the question: why are most schools so finicky about making room for any facility above the bare minimum threshold?

There is a very strong correlation between the extent of facilities offered by a school and the amount of funding it receives in the form of tuition and grants. An expensive school in Dhaka teaching a foreign curriculum might have a swimming pool for students to learn to swim. On the other hand, some schools don’t even have a coach for their debate team.

This can be further illustrated by the fact that public schools, which receive grants or levy higher tuition fees from their students, outperform non-subsidized public schools in terms of the facilities they offer. A quick comparison between the facilities offered by public schools in Dhaka, which charge higher tuition fees, and other public schools in major cities across the country reveals this stark contrast.

Additionally, it means that students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds, who often attend schools with less funding, are being left behind compared to their counterparts from higher socioeconomic backgrounds. Students from affluent backgrounds can easily access resources such as books, sports equipment, or computers, whether or not their school provides them. Consequently, it exacerbates long-term class divisions.

The main solutions to this problem are self-evident: increasing school funding in the form of grants and monitoring whether school authorities are using the funds correctly to provide better facilities for their students.

A good education not only involves academics, but also includes a healthy balance between sports, fine arts, and performing arts, among others. Our schools must have such facilities so that students can use them properly.

Hrishik is a twelfth grader studying at Dhanmondi Tutorial. Please send him critical support, in the form of memes, so he can survive A-levels at [email protected]

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