Nearly one-third educational institutions in Jashore district do not have Shaheed Minar, depriving the students from paying respect to the Language Movement martyrs.
Among the educational institutions that have Shaheed Minars, some of those are dilapidated.
According to Jashore district education office, there are 1,900 educational institutions. But 650 of these educational institutions – 77 in Sadar upazila, 55 in Bagharpara upazila, 86 in Abhaynagar, 84 in Jhikargachha, 50 in Chougachha, 138 in Manirampur, 61 in Sharsha and 80 in Keshabpur – lack Shaheed Minars.
Students at some of these institutions build makeshift Shaheed Minars to pay tribute to the bravehearts who laid down their lives to secure the Bangalis’ right to speak in their mother tongue in 1952.
“We can’t pay respect to the Language Movement martyrs on 21 February since there’s no Shaheed Minar at our school,” said Sumaiya Akter, a student of Dattapara Government Primary School in the Sadar upazila.
Abdul Jabbar, the school’s headmaster, said it was true that they did not have a Shaheed Minar. “Having one is necessary,” he said. “We’re taking an initiative to build one.”
Jabbar said they could not construct a Shaheed Minar as they did not get any fund from the government.
Sadar upazila education officer Kamruzzaman Jahangir said 77 educational institutions in the Sadar upazila lack Shaheed Minars. “We’ve prepared a list of these institutions and sent it to the district education officer,” he said.
ASM Abdul Khalek, the district education officer, said they are trying to manage government funds.
Additional deputy commissioner (education and ICT) Shammi Islam said many schools could not construct Shaheed Minars for the lack of space.
“Teachers and students from schools lacking Shaheed Minars pay respect at Shaheed Minars of nearby educational institutions,” she said. “We’ll take necessary steps to have Shaheed Minars constructed at all educational institutions.”