Mahfuzur Rahman Manik
Daylight saving time, a problem (18 november 2009 FE
মার্চ 17, 2010

MY student, Ishat is in standard four in an English medium school. Recently, I told him that the word 'tyrant' means a cruel ruler. One day he suggested that we are under the same kind of rule. "Sir, our class starts at 6:00 am and I have to get up from bed at 4:00 am. Is it possible sir..? When I go to school it is dark. And it is still dark outside, when our class starts. Sir, it is a disgusting experience everyday. It is very cruel for us. And it is more so for the children studying in Class-I or lower classes. The authorities who decided the timing are cruel to us. Why are they not changing the school timing?"

I could tell him nothing.

The day light saving time (DST) is creating obvious problems for the eight-year old Ishat and other children. The government introduced DST on June 19, with the promise to go back to Bangladesh Standard Time (BST) in October 01. It is already November. On October, a state minister said DST would not be changed. Recently the advisor to the prime minister, Toufiq E Elahi confirmed that there would be no change. It is quite upsetting.

DST could be good for summer but not for winter.

The government needs to rethink the matter.


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