The Rajshahi divisional finale of English in Schools, a joint initiative of Robi and The Daily Star, took place on August 8 at Rajshahi University School and College. Nearly 500 students from 25 schools from three districts -- Rajshahi, Natore and Chapainawabganj -- took part in the finale. Students of class VI-X participated in the competition.
In the finale, participants sat for an MCQ test which featured general grammar questions, sentence structure, sentence completion, fill in the gaps, comprehension and listening test. The students were graded according to their performances in the test.
Following the test, students brought out a colourful rally on Rajshahi University campus. Later the prize giving ceremony took place at Kazi Nazrul Islam Auditorium on the campus. A vibrant programme, well-attended by students of local schools and artistes, was held in the afternoon.
Dr. Muhammad Mizanuddin, Vice Chancellor of Rajshahi University, was present at the prize giving ceremony as chief guest, while Professor Abdur Rouf Miah, Chairman of Rajshahi Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board, was the special guest. Mohiuddin Babar, Consultant of Robi; Matiul Islam Nowshad, Chief Corporate and People Officer, Robi; and Dr. Salehuddin Ahmed, Managing Editor of The Daily Star handed over prizes to the winners.
In his speech, Mohiuddin Babar thanked the participants and teachers for their participation. While Matiul Islam Nowshad said, “This big event needed a lot of efforts. Robi and The Daily Star have partnered together to inspire students to learn English. Today everything is available on the internet and youngsters should avail this opportunity to their advantage. English plays a key role in this age of globalisation and English in Schools is a good platform for them to learn English.”
Rajshahi University School and College became the winner, while Harimohon Government High School of Chapainawabganj and Natore Government Girls High School were the first and second runner-up respectively. The three winning schools received bronze trophies, certificates, and English books worth Tk 10,000 each.
Robi and The Daily Star jointly initiated the programme to reach out to secondary school students and teachers from 1000 schools and train them to be efficient in English. Selected teachers from all the schools also received trainings and attended symposiums under English in Schools. As part of the initiative a special page, designed for the students to help them learn English language, comes out every week with The Daily Star.