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16 May, 2018 12:17:29 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 16 May, 2018 11:09:14 AM
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Govt spending in education not enough: Report

lobal Monitoring Report 2017/18
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Govt spending in education not enough: Report

A government's education spending should be at least 4 per cent of the GDP or 15 per cent of the total government expenditure. In Bangladesh, however, it is still below 2 per cent of the GDP and 15 per cent of the total government expenditure, a recent report reveals. At least 33 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Japan, did not meet the public expenditure in education as a share of the GDP and the total public expenditure in 2015 or the most recent year, the report states.

The findings were revealed at the launching of the "Global Monitoring Report 2017/18". The event was organised by UNESCO Dhaka and the Bangladesh National Commission for UNESCO (BNCU) in the BANBEIS conference room of the capital.

The report was based on the data on education gathered from 205 countries worldwide. It says that politically motivated selection often leads to uneducated or uninterested people being appointed to school management committees in Bangladesh. The report finds that poor countries with expanding tertiary education systems often struggle to establish a quality assurance mechanism.

Bangladesh has a complex higher education system, which has four types of institutions : about 80 public and private universities, 1,500 colleges affiliated with National University (five in six of which are private), 1,200 private religious institutions affiliated with Islamic University, and various types of professional colleges.

There has been no recognised quality assurance body like an accreditation council, which would be responsible for establishing quality in tertiary level education.

Right now, Bangladesh has nearly 40 public universities and 101 private universities, regulated by University Grants Commission (UGC), but it is difficult for the UGC alone to oversee the universities, the report observes. Though the government has passed the Accreditation Council Act, it is yet to be implemented to grade the universities.

On the other hand, the much-talked-about higher education commission is a forlorn dream, which, in spite of the interest shown by the UGC and the education ministry, has not yet taken shape, the report notes.

Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid was present as chief guest. Secretary to the Secondary and Higher Education Division, Md Sohorab Hossain, secretary to the Technical and Madrasa Education Division, Md Alamgir, additional secretary to the primary and mass education ministry, Golam Md Hasibul Alom, UNESCO head and representative in Dhaka, Beatrice Kaldun, and secretary of BNCU, Monjur Hossain, spoke on the occasion.

“We're still lagging behind when it comes to spending a certain proportion of the GDP for education. This also holds true for the share of total national expenditure to education. Though the percentage has not increased, the volume of money has certainly increased in the education sector,” Nahid said.

“The most important matter is that the allocated money needs to be properly utilised. For that, we have to stop corruption. Besides, we need to stop wastage and misuse of money. Only then will we get the full benefit of the funds in education,” he added. The minister said the report will highlight the existing problems in the education sector and help his ministry ensure quality education.

He also said the number of students, especially female learners, has increased and now the biggest challenge is to consistently provide high-quality education to all.

“We've various problems when it comes to ensuring quality education. For it, we need qualified, committed and dedicated teachers. We've achieved success in education because of everyone's cooperation,” he added.

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