Raising Exam Standards at the Institutional Level

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roundtable_14octOn 14 October 2014, SHUJAN-Citizens for Good Governance held a round table discussion titled,  “The Present Condition of the Country’s Education” at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka. Speakers at this meeting underscored the need for improving the standard of examinations at the institutional level, as well as in the public sector, to ensure quality education. They alleged that although thousands of students are being given GPA-5 in public examinations every year, the quality of education remains a far cry from perfect. Read the rest of this entry »


Civil Society Leaders Oppose Amending Constitution

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rountable_01september14On 1 September 2014, a round table discussion titled “Amendment to the Constitution: Impeachment of the Judges and its Significance” was organized by SHUJANCitizens for Good Governance at the National Press Club.

Protesting the motion by the incumbent government on constitution amendment and the impeachment of judges, various speakers declared it would be wise to bring about the changes immediately. SHUJAN Secretary, Dr. Badiul Alam Majumdar, reading from a written statement, expressed concern that if parliament is granted the power to remove officials of other constitutional and statutory bodies, eventually all independent institutions could come under government control. Read the rest of this entry »

National Broadcast Policy to Form “Authoritarian State”

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Roundtable_21augA round table discussion organized by civic group SHUJAN-Citizens for Good Governance on 21 August 2014 rejected the National Broadcast Policy approved by the cabinet on 4 August 2014 describing it as the government’s first step to form an authoritarian state. Political analysts and civil society members warned that the National Broadcast Policy could ultimately lead to autocracy and violence in the country. “It is part of the government’s political blueprint to suppress the people’s voice and cling to power for a longer period of time,” they reported, urging an immediate review of the policy in the interest of democracy, good governance, and human rights. Read the rest of this entry »

4th Upazila Election & Reform of Local Government of Bangladesh

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roundtable_18feb14Speakers at a round table urged the government to make Upazila Parishads functional by arguing that holding elections only for the local government units is not enough. “Local government bodies in Bangladesh did not get real autonomy even 43 years after the country’s independence, while the MP’s have made the things even worse through their meddling in Upazila Parishads,” added the speakers. SHUJANCitizens for Good Governance, arranged the round table discussion, entitled “The 4th Upazila Elections and Local Government Reform Issue” in Mukti Bhaban Paltan, Dhaka. Read the rest of this entry »