Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid addresses a discussion at a city hotel on Wednesday. Photo: BD Post

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid Wednesday said the government is firmly committed to provide quality education alongside ensuring universal access of all aiming to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) – 4, reports BSS.
“In a technology-based globalised world, quality education is crucial for any country. The government has realised the fact and executed its plans accordingly,” he said while addressing the inaugural function of Secondary Education Development Programme in a city hotel, an official release said.
Secretary of Technical and Madrasah Education Division Md Alamgir, Country Director of Asian Development Bank Manmohan Parkash and Economist of World
Bank Dr Zahid Hossain, among others, addressed the function with Secretary and Secondary and Higher Education Division Md Sohorab Hossain in the chair.
Nahid said despite a number of challenges, Bangladesh has some remarkable and praiseworthy achievements in the education sector.
“Distribution of free textbooks among the students of primary and secondary levels, increased enrolment rate and eradicating gender inequality in primary and secondary education have already been acknowledged in different international forums,” he added.
Nahid laid emphasis on taking a single programme through making better coordination of all development programmes to improve standard of education at the secondary level. Nahid said the government has set a target of 30 percent enrolment in technical education by 2030 aiming to transform Bangladesh into an economically developed country.
“In 2009, there was only one percent student enrolment in the technical education while the current enrolment is 14 percent,” he added.
“We are promoting knowledge-based education to develop skilled human resources to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country. Education without skills will create a burden for family as well as the nation,” he said.