With the exception of Sri Lanka, South Asian countries have not achieved quality basic education – an essential measure for escaping poverty, inequality, and social exclusion. In The Political Economy of Education in South Asia, BHP director John Richards, OFP Advisory Committee member Shahidul Islam and Professor Manzoor Ahmed, document the weak core competency (reading and math) outcomes in government primary schools and the rapid growth of non-government schools over the last two decades. The authors argue that public priorities are better served when both public and non-government schools come under a strong public policy and accountability framework.
“Sharing my knowledge with others gives me immense pleasure and fulfillment in life. Teaching is the only career where I can do that," says Altab Hossain, Head Teacher of Bluebell School. After completing his BA and MA, Altab completed a Bachelors degree in Education with additional training in primary education. Altab likes to teach and before joining Bluebell in 2009, he taught classmates and lower grade students as a private tutor. Currently, he teaches Grade 4 English and Math, Grade 5 Science and Grade 3 Religion.
As the head teacher at Bluebell, Altab also liaises with government offices and administers school business. He lives together with his parents, wife and two daughters in a joint household; the eldest daughter studies at Bluebell.
"I love teaching, specially to the under-served families. Bluebell has brought me that opportunity.” - Altab