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PM focuses on edn, skilled workforce in post-ldc era

March 01, 2021 00:00:00

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday speaking through a video conference from her official residence Ganobhaban marking giving away stipends, tuition fees, admission assistance, and treatment grants among students — Focus Bangla

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said on Sunday the government committed to sustain Bangladesh's recognition as a developing country through the expansion of education and building a skilled workforce and worthy citizens, reports UNB.

"Bangladesh today is a developing country. We've to maintain the recognition we've got, and for that we need to expand our educational facilities, build a skilled workforce and worthy citizens," she said.

While inaugurating a programme of distributing stipends, tuition fees, admission assistance and treatment grants among poor and meritorious students from the PM's Education Assistance Trust at the Ministry of Education, the premier made the remark.

Sheikh Hasina joined the programme virtually from her official residence Ganobhaban.

Noting the government has been firmly committed to building skilled and worthy citizens, the premier said, "To make Bangladesh free from poverty, education is most needed. We think, like the Father of the Nation, that spending on the education sector is not an expense at all. We do consider it as an investment and that's the investment for the future generation."

The prime minister informed the government has been setting up various universities across the country considering the demand for the modern world.

In this regard, she mentioned the government has established Maritime University and Aviation University considering the requirement of specific areas.

She further mentioned science and technology-based education along with vocational one was most needed as these could create employment opportunities both at home and abroad.

Besides, the government has been setting up 100 special economic zones across the country where huge technical persons and skilled manpower would be needed as both local and foreign investments would come there, Hasina said.

"We want to develop people as skilled manpower so that they can substantially contribute to the economic development of the country. We're taking steps keeping eyes on that," she added.

Regarding the higher number of female students than the male ones, she urged teachers and guardians to find out the reason why the number of male students has been falling.

The premier informed that the government has decided to reopen educational institutions on March 30 and all the teachers and employees of the institutions would get vaccinated against Covid-19 by that time.

"We've already directed the Health Ministry to get them vaccinated," she added.

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