Bangladeshi schooling was created under the British system. Students enroll into primary schooling that are either English Medium or Bangla Medium as the spoken language. At grade 10, students take a placement exam known as the S.S.C (Secondary School Certificate) exam. This exam is similar to the SAT in that it is a standardized exam all 10th grade students take. However, the S.S.C is more impactful in that only the score will dictate where you will be granted entrance. There is a 3 month waiting period between the testing and score release. After scores are released students place preference for the colleges they want to attend, and after 1 month will be granted notice of acceptance or pending entrance exam requirements. Unfortunately for many Bengali students this is the end of the road for education, as a low S.S.C score will disqualify many students from attending any college. Following acceptance to college, students then take the H.S.C (High School Certificate) exam during their second year (grade 12) which will place students into University ( U.S equivalent of college undergraduate). ALL universities in Bangladesh are operated as English Medium schools. The goal of DEF is to motivate students to attend higher education in hopes of becoming high functioning citizens for Bangladesh.
The Diversified Educational Foundation is current responsible for the students at the Manub Kaylan Foundation, a boarding school for orphans and the poverty stricken. There are currently 48 students whom are supported, housed and funded for by DEF. The students range in age from 5-17. The foundation promises to support students past primary education (grade 10) as long as they pursue academia. There are current 3 students whom are waiting to hear from college (grade 11-12) whom the foundation has high expectations for.
Students attend local public schools in the area. Students are sent to various schools depending on the schools reputation, capacity and merit required for entrance. Not all students in the same grade/class go to the same school because of these restrictions. There are currently 6 different schools with the students attend. These schools include: Dhanbandi Primary, Shawarsati Primary, Subuj Kanon High, Victoria High School, Govt. Multilateral High and Govt. Bilateral High.