Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid today said Bangladesh is ahead of other South Asian countries in the advancement of female education.
"Enrolment of girl students has increased at both primary and secondary levels of education because of affirmative policy actions taken by the present government," he told the fourth convocation of United International University (UIU) at Satarkul in the city.
Chairman of University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh Prof Abdul Mannan, among others, addressed the convocation with Vice Chancellor of the university Prof Dr M Rezwan Khan in the chair, an official release said.
Vice Chancellor of University of Asia Pacific Prof Dr Jamilur Reza Chowdhury addressed the function as the convocation speaker.
Nahid said, "Girl student enrollment at primary level is 51 percent while boy student enrollment is 49. Female student enrollment has outnumbered with 53 percent compared their male counterparts."
"We will achieve gender parity at higher secondary level within the next three years and at higher education within the next six years," he added.
The minister urged both public and private universities to introduce courses, which will impart new knowledge.
"Our higher education system should be life-oriented to produce problem-solving knowledge... It is urgent to develop skilled workforce through providing quality education," he added.
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