To ensure quality education and create a skilled workforce Bangladesh needs to invest more. This was mentioned in the World Bank global report published on Wednesday.
Low budgetary allocation is one of the main reasons hindering the country’s sustainable development in education sector. According to educationists, the ratio of the education budget to the GDP should be increased to six percent. Hence, it is saddening that over the past 15 years the ratio has hovered around merely two percent. Bangladesh’s share of spending on education is lower than that of South Asian average and about half of Malaysia’s share of spending on education. Considering this, Bangladesh should look forward to attaining a higher budgetary allocation for the education sector.
Apart from a good number of remarkable achievements, education sector of Bangladesh has been in dire straits over the past many years. Education sector of Bangladesh has been in dire straits over the past many years. Question leak, forgery in admission test, and corruption in recruiting teachers have become synonymous with the country’s education sector. Over the past few years, series of reports on question paper disclosure in public examinations have highlighted the integrity of our education system and the quality of students passing exams through these leaked questions.
There is no denying that Bangladesh has achieved remarkable success in gender parity in school enrolment with more girls in school than boys. Undoubtedly, the country has huge potential to create a globally completive workforce by investing more in education. But despite Bangladesh’s notable success in bringing nearly all children across the country to primary school, the quality of education remains a concern. Many young students in Bangladesh, as in other low and middle-income countries, find it hard to get good jobs because of the sheer inconsistency between the education system and job market. The country should address this crisis by investing more in education and ensuring effective utilization of the investment.
We have long been longing for reformation and rectification of our education sector. We hope the government will give its best to reform our overwhelming education sector and uphold its integrity. We envisage that the government will address the need for allocating more budget in the country’s education sector and act accordingly.