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As part of its massive programmes to expand the skill-based education for the country’s sustainable development, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Sunday said the government has set a target to bring 30 percent students under the vocational education by 2030.
To reach this goal there will be one vocational school and college in all upazilas which would be global in standard and they [students] will be able to work in any corner of the world using the learning from here.
He said this while addressing a seminar as the chief guest marking the World Skills Development day held at the conference room of National Skills Development Council (NSDC) secretariat in the capital.
“When we started, only one percent of total students studied in vocational schools. But now, 14 percent of total students are now studying in vocational schools and colleges. We [Government] have a plan to reach it to 20 percent by 2020 and 30 percent by 2030,” said education minister Dr. Nurul Islam.
With the slogan “Skills change life and increase social dignity”, NSDC secretariat organised the seminar where Education Secretary of Vocational and Madrasah Education Department Md Alamgir Hossain addressed the discussion as special guest.
Nurul Islam Nahid, in his speech, said, “Once people didn’t value the vocational education at all. Now the scenario has been changed as more students are switching to the technical education given the pragmatic value.”
The main problem that hinders the type of education is the lack of skilled teachers…we have initiated different teachers’ training programmes in home and abroad with the financial help of World Bank.”
He also stated that some 470 teachers have completed training in Singapore while more teachers would be sent there and China soon.
The minister also said, “When the dignity of all jobs— either small or big—will be increased and the people will accept it. Already people have come to realise the dignity of any works.”
Presided over by NSDC Chief Executive Officer (Additional Secretary) ABM Khorshed Alam, experts and entrepreneurs from different sectors exchanged views at the programme.
According to Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics, some 20 lakh youths enter in the job market of the country every year, but there is a very little opportunity.
Speaking on the occasion, Syed Nasir Ershad, deputy secretary at Finance Division, said, “The government has planned to train up in eight different trades by 2020 by considering the necessity of skills.”
Speakers also stressed the necessity to spread the skill-based training to the youths of the remote areas in the country.