Welcome to the September/October edition of Edlines Today. On the occasion of Diwali, we wish you happiness in abundance and that you experience victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance and hope over despair. This edition of our newsletter is also very special as we focus on a peculiar theme, i.e., quality education. We have often heard quality is better than quantity, but how is this relevant in education. To start with, the student-teacher ratio in a classroom determines the quality of education. Having smaller class sizes enhances students to pay more attention, ask frequent questions in class and engage more efficiently with peers. Next, the pedagogical tools that an educator adopts in class also impacts the quality of education. Gone are the times when teachers were not replaceable by textbooks. The times have changed and now the whole universe is opened to students by just one click. Hence, it’s imperative for teachers to experiment with different methods that suit their cohort of students in the best way. For instance, I have always witnessed lack of engagement in my classrooms. However, with the use of online polling platform such as Vevox, I can see increased participation during lectures. Not just this, I encourage students to work in groups collaboratively and present their work in class, which has also led to boost in student confidence and eliminated the issue of stage fright.
On that note, I would like to introduce our Big League Institution for this edition, Excellent Backup for Academic Education (EBAC) Public School who are pioneer of quality education in Dhaka, Bangladesh and their teaching philosophy rests on blended learning. The School provides both in-person and online experience of teaching and thrives to provide their students with the best knowledge and facilities. To add to our theme of quality education, we rendezvous with P. G. P. Kumara Karunarathne, who very clearly discusses the meaning and importance of quality education in today’s time.
Next, we are honoured to feature Mr Rudra Chhetri in the Educator of Month column where he shares thoughtful observations over many years of his academic journey. Finally, we have Ms Sumaiya Mehtaj Samad, who expresses her thoughts on being an educator. From advocating the importance of quality education to promoting kindness and honesty in educators, she stands as a pillar in her thoughts.