MASSIVE INITIATIVE TO EXPAND, UPGRADE EDUCATION
The government has undertaken a number of steps to expand education. The steps include establishment of new schools, colleges and universities.
For the purpose, an “Education Assistance Trust Fund” with 1,000 crore Taka seed money has been established by the Prime Minister.
Earlier a law was passed in Parliament titled, ” Prime Minster’s Education Assistance Law- 2012″. The main purpose of the fund was to provide scholarships to students upto graduate level.
This has been mentioned in the “Bangladesh Economic Review-2014″ published by the ministry of finance.
The survey said that the government has newly built 2,670 secondary schools and 193 madrasas in the financial year 2013-14.
Besides, 828 secondary schools, 355 madrasas and 581 colleges were under construction.
The survey also said in 390 upazilas without schools a private school would be turned into a model school. Work is on for construction of 99 schools.
Besides, in Dhaka city, a project for establishing six colleges and 11 government schools is underway. Of them, construction of four schools have been completed and educational activities have started there.
To bring a basic change to the education system, the government has started work on 5,540 secondary schools, over 1000 madrasas, 1500 colleges and 70 post-graduate colleges.
The survey further said that to provide modern, contemporary and quality education the government has undertaken a number of steps including providing scholarships, one time grants, free distribution of books, free education of girls to the degree level, development of infrastructure of education institutions across the country, development of new curriculum, training of teachers both at home and abroad, continuation of evaluation of agriculture, digitization of educational activities and increasing online access and encouraging research on the quality of higher education.
Besides under different projects, curriculum is being modernized, teachers are being trained and the examination system is being changed.
Simultaneously with the help of the World Bank a project titled “Secondary education quality and access enhancement project” (SEQAEP) education administration is being decentralized, evaluation is being done at the school-level.
Teachers, students and institutions are being provided incentives based on performance. Simultaneously schools located in remote and backward areas are being introduced to information technology through “IT based mobile vans.”
The survey also said that a curriculum for the new generation incorporating the proper history of the War of Liberation, protection of environment, empowerment of women, information technology and job-orientation is being formulated, according to BSS.
JANUARY 11, 2015