It is good to note that the government is giving priority in ICT, digital technology and research as it seeks to modernize the country’s education system and get optimum output. We have come to know that the Innovation Team of the Department of Secondary and Higher Education is working to ensure maximum utilisation of ICT and digital technology in education management and education activities.
Reportedly, in the last FY2021-2022 as many as 16,420 teachers were given training on ICT. In FY2022-23 a total of 16,300 ICT teachers will be trained in IT. In this regard, more than 62,000 contents have already been uploaded to the Teachers’ Portal with the aim of expanding the quality teaching activities.
Bangladesh has achieved remarkable success in gender parity in school enrolment with more girls in school than boys and we now have one of the robust primary education systems in the world with an estimated 17 million primary school aged children, thanks to the ceaseless efforts of the government to ensure access to education for all. Indeed, such statistics bear the testimony of the country’s enviable success in the field of primary education. However, at the same time it is also true that we still lag far behind other developed countries in terms of ensuring quality education.
quality education there is no
alternative to enabling a healthy and gender-
environment in the education sector
We hope, the government will give its best to ensure quality education for all. To ensure quality education and create a skilled workforce Bangladesh should look forward to attaining a higher budgetary allocation for its education sector.
Question leak, unskilled teachers and inconsistency between the education system and job sector, low budgetary allocation are the main factors overwhelming our education sector for long. 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 utilisation of the investment.
Quality education is a right not a privilege. The right to education is not only the right to access to education but also the right to receive quality education. For ensuring quality education there is no alternative to enabling a healthy and gender-inclusive environment in the education sector.
Quality education requires relevant, strategic and well-researched curricula and materials for the acquisition of basic skills. Authorities concerned should work to address the barriers towards ensuring quality in primary education and devise required actions to fix them.