Marginalized students lag quite behind in use of English and technology: Research reports
Students from marginalized parts of the society are hanging back in using English and using technology in education, which stands as one of the greatest obstacles in their access to better life opportunities and employment. A research report titled, “Reaching out to marginalised populations in under-resourced countries” say these.
The research project funded by the British Council, and led by the UK Open University has been carried out to collect first-hand accounts of the educational experiences of marginalised young people aged 13-15, their parents and their teachers in four countries in Africa and Asia including Bangladesh, in order to reflect on the roles of the English language and technology in reinforcing or reducing marginalisation, with the ultimate aim of making recommendations for policy and practice that will support young people in their lives.
The study reports that the use of English at home, and especially in schools, is very limited for marginalised students, while the use of technology in education is almost non-existent. In this case, girls are victims of more discrimination.
The recently released report recommends increasing access to English and technology education. It has been said that English and technology must be part of basic education to give access to better life and increase employment opportunities.
However, it also mentions that the concerned persons must be careful about the misuse of technology and its harmful effects and take effective steps. The report recommends ensuring equitable access to English and technology for both male and female students.
Technology enhanced education programs need to be affordable, culturally appropriate and locally deliverable. For this reason, emphasis has been placed on the united efforts of students, teachers, parents, government and locals.
Professor Dr. Rubina Khan of Dhaka University and Associate Professor Dr. Kh. Atikur Rahman of Bangabandhu Maritime University were involved in this study. The duo opines that if the recommendations of the study are implemented, there will be positive changes in the education of the marginalised students in Bangladesh and other less developed countries.