Focus on 21st century skills to prepare for job market

Eminent educationist Professor Dr. Syed Manzoorul Islam suggested students focus more on acquiring 21st-century skills, considering their higher importance in the critical post-Covid era. Dr. Islam also highlighted some problems related to the present education system of Bangladesh, including outdated curriculum, untrained teachers, and teachers’ vulnerable position in the society, etc, and emphasized their effective solutions for the betterment of the nation. In this regard, he especially focused on political will to transform the education system through the highest investment.

Apart from the teachers, training should be given top priority in the policies concerned, and financial stability for the teachers needs to be ensured, Dr. Islam opined. The teachers, in order to become better teachers, need to possess two essential skills – pedagogical skills and research skills, he noted. Professor Islam also cautioned students to be careful about fake news on the media and asked them to learn to process the right information into wisdom. The students also need to exercise leadership skills, highly required for the job market.

He said these in a webinar, titled – ‘21st Century Skills for English Graduates: Where Do We Stand?’ The Department of English Studies, State University of Bangladesh (SUB), organized the two-hour event on Tuesday (October 20), using the zoom platform.

The programme started with the speech of the chief guest – SUB Vice-Chancellor (VC) Professor M. Shahjahan Mina. The SUB VC, in his speech, focused on issues like necessary infrastructure development and investment in education as well as poor language skills of students and proper training of teachers, etc. Professor Dr. Sayeedur Rahman of Institute of Modern Languages (IML), University of Dhaka, and Advisor, Department of English Studies, SUB, was the discussant of the webinar, while Minhazul Anwar Mridul, Acting Head of the Department, moderated the event.

About 100 teachers, students, and participants from different institutions joined the webinar, which ended with a lively interactive session. The recorded version of the program is now available on – https://www.facebook.com/subedubd.