Dhaka, Bangladesh
Massive plan for tech education

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Massive plan for tech education

An initiative to spread technical education across the country has been taken by the government. This is indeed a praiseworthy decision. We have been harping about the urgency of spreading technical education for long many days. The planning minister revealed at the National Economic Council (ECNEC) meeting on January 21 that 329 technical school and colleges will be set up on the next four years. He termed the project a ‘star project’ of the government as it wants to make the youth technically skilled. The project aims to create a pool of skilled workforce to cater to industrial needs. The ECNEC cleared TK 20,525.69 crore for establishing these institutions. The Directorate of Technical Education will implement the project to create skilled human resources so that they can successfully face the challenges of the future job market. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina asked the authorities concerned to take steps to impart proper training to teachers of the technical schools. As we talk very often about human resources, the matter of life-based education system becomes important and for that matter, technical education should have priority. Bangladesh is enjoying a demographic dividend. But our education system has so far failed to produce adequate number of skilled youths who can face the competitive job market. There has been a persistent demand for overhauling our horse and buggy system of education. The importance of technical education as a priority in this regard can hardly be exaggerated. If the education system is revamped with stress on technical education, it will be possible to produce skilled human resources. In this age of science and technology, the development and progress of the country without technical education will be something like a cry for the moon. But no practical system commensurate to globally required standard for technical education has been evolved so far here. As a result, unemployment is rising and social imbalances are being created. The new economy of the day needs a link between education and industry to rear competent manpower. Technical and technological education is an imperative for that. The bridge has to be built up from the base level to the tertiary stage of education. A close link between the institutions and industries has to be set up for manpower supply to domestic economy and overseas job market as well. The tendency of acquiring general education cannot meet the present job market required, particularly in the manufacturing sector. However, the goal of the scheme is to ensure Bangladesh’s competitiveness in the global market and pare down the poverty. And we expect the quick materialization of the project.

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