Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said that her government wants to build an international quality education system in Bangladesh by following the curriculum of world-renowned educational institutions.
He said, “I will give whatever money is required for education. We want to create an international standard education system in Bangladesh by using the same method as the famous universities in the world, how they teach, what curriculum they teach.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said this while inaugurating the 2024 free textbook distribution program by handing over books to pre-primary, primary and secondary level students at the Shapla Hall of her office this morning.
The national textbook distribution program will be officially started across the country from tomorrow Monday.
The Prime Minister said that the Father of the Nation used to say- ‘Expenditure on education is an investment’, I think so. So, I will give whatever money is needed for our education. We want to create an international standard education system in Bangladesh by using the same method as the famous universities in the world, how they teach, what curriculum they teach.
Emphasizing on technical education to create employment, he said, along with general education, emphasis should be given on manual education, so that employment is created. Not only that everyone should be educated in general education, there is a special need for technical education to develop skilled manpower. We are building 100 Special Economic Zones across the country. Factories will be built there. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution upon us, we will need an educated citizenry with appropriate technology-based education. So we need to build a suitable workforce. Who can work efficiently and take the country forward. As a result, we are working in such a way that the country’s production will increase and investment will come to the country.
On the eve of New Year 2024, Sheikh Hasina wished everyone a happy English New Year at the book distribution ceremony.
The Prime Minister handed over the new class of books to the students of different levels of different educational institutions.
“The smell of a new book, reading a new book, the pleasure of putting on it is different, reading the book and taking care of the book,” he said to the young students.
Minister of Education Dr. Deputy Minister of Education Mahibul Hasan Chowdhury gave the welcome address in the program presided over by Dipu Moni. Besides, State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Zakir Hossain also spoke.
The Ministries have taken necessary steps to distribute about 30,70,83,517 copies of new books among 3,81,28,324 students this year. In this case, the expenditure has been estimated at 1400 crores.
Textbooks have already been sent to every upazila of the country.
Since 2010, the government has distributed 464,78,29,883 copies of books free of cost to students up to secondary level across the country.
Since 2017, the government has been distributing books in Chakma, Marma, Tripura, Garo and Sadri languages to minority ethnic children to study in their mother tongue, as well as Bail method books to blind students.
The Prime Minister said, we want our country to keep pace with the world. That is why we have changed our curricula. The way we value education today has greatly increased our enrollment rate. We have increased the literacy rate from 44 percent to 76.8 percent today.
He said, the most important thing is that all boys and girls are getting equal opportunity to go to our primary school. We are working towards that. We want to build Bangladesh as a poverty-free golden Bangladesh of the father of the nation’s dream. To do that only education can free the entire nation from poverty. We are emphasizing on diversifying education with special allocation in the budget. We have taken special steps to develop science and technology education by establishing universities, medical colleges and specialized educational institutions in various districts. Because, our only goal is that the boys and girls of today will be the soldiers to build the smart Bangladesh of 2041. They will become prime ministers, ministers, good teachers, occupy high positions like me. So, that’s how they will be built.
The Prime Minister said that his one dream in life was to become a teacher. Primary school teacher. But after the killing of the father of the nation in his family on August 15, 1975, he did not walk that path because he could not obtain a master’s degree. At that time, he and his younger sister Sheikh Rehana were forced to live as refugees in exile for six years. At that time they were not allowed to come to the country. His father was repeatedly imprisoned by the Pakistani rulers and their education was also disrupted.
“But in our family we give the most importance to education, we also tell our children that education is wealth. A wealth that no one can take away from you, so gain knowledge and stand on your own feet. They have done so and are doing so,” he said.
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