Notwithstanding that all of us, including the government, acknowledge that only a purposeful and adequate investment in the education sector can usher in sustainable development for our country, the annual budgetary allocation for the sector is lamentable. Experts have opined that the present deteriorating state of education in the country is a result of a lack of investment made in the sector over the past decades.
We have constantly been focusing on the point that although Bangladesh has achieved tremendous success in various indicators i.e. primary school enrolment, graduate enrolment, passing rates in all public examinations etcetera, all these are quantitative improvements.
There are always questions with regard to the qualitative improvement of education. In this connection, we can mention another report not long ago that was prepared by the Economist Intelligence Unit, which notes that the standard of education in Bangladesh has not improved over the last decade or so.
The report has rightly pointed out education in the universities of Bangladesh is failing to produce graduates compatible with the job market demand. It says there is a huge gap between the graduates' educational qualifications and market demand and so they are not able to get good jobs.
It is our belief that in this 21st century world that is moving towards a knowledge-based society, the countries most skilled and innovative are likely to take the lead. And it is only an education system befitting the present world that can produce such skilled and innovative human resources.
This is why, for Bangladesh to attain the anticipated goal, we feel a strong need for increased investment in this sector. We also feel the private sector needs to play a more pro-active role alongside the government in this respect.
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