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Government plans to reach 20 pc technical education by 2021: Nahid

Sumel Sarker

Education Minister, Nurul Islam Nahid

Government plans to reach 20 pc technical education by 2021: Nahid

17 May 2015, Nirapad News: As part of its effort to transform Bangladesh into a middle-income country, the government has set a target to reach 20 percent technical and vocational education by 2021, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said.

“In 2009, there was only one per cent student in the technical and vocation education, now there is 8 per cent student,” he told a seminar on “Utilization of technology in education and achieving development” at Krishibid Institute Convention Hall here today.

Many countries including South Korea have achieved remarkable progress as they gave importance to expansion of technical and vocation education, Nahid said, adding, “Nearly 60 per cent students in South Korea are taking technical education and the trend of receiving technical and vocational education in other developed countries is almost the same.”

Dr M Kaikobad of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Vice Chancellor of Bangladesh University of Professional Maj Gen Sheikh Mamun Khaled, Pro-vice Chancellor of National University Prof Dr Monaz Ahmerd Noor, and Chairman of Directorate of Technical Education Board Md Shahjahan Mia, among others, addressed the seminar with eminent physician National Professor MR Khan in the chair.

Nahid said, “We are preparing curriculum and syllabus for both general and technical education in line with demands in the job market…. We have involved all stakeholders in the process for making time-befitting curriculum to develop skilled workforce to ensure their better access to job market.”

In the past six years, he said, the education sector witnessed impressive success in different areas – student enrolment, gender parity and drop-out check – as the government implemented many massive programmes, which received international appreciation.

In a move to provide global standard education, the government has
allocated Taka 2500 crore for carrying out research work to supplement the efforts to create competent people, Nahid added.

Japan occupied markets across the globe producing high quality products as it has highly efficient people, Dr kaikobad said adding like Japan, Bangladesh can take advantage by developing skilled and efficient people.

Other speakers said the education sector in the country witnessed lowest investment among many south Asian countries. Bangladesh had the allocation of 2.4 percent of GDP for education…this is one of the main barriers to providing quality education.

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