Bangladesh has slipped to 111th position from 104th
in the Global Human Capital Index.
The country scored 51.75 points out of 100 in the World Economic Forum's Global Human Capital Report 2017
published on Wednesday.
Bangladesh's human capital potential is “held back by insufficient educational enrolment rates and poor-quality primary schools,” the report notes.
It says the educational performance is “somewhat better” at the tertiary level. It noted that the levels of skill diversity among the university graduates was low, which indicated a strong specialisation in a limited number of academic subjects.
The World Economic Forum says the report ranks 130 countries on how well they are developing their human capital on a scale from 0 (worst) to 100 (best) across four thematic dimensions and five distinct age groups to capture the full human capital potential profile of a country.
It aims to be used as a tool to assess progress within countries and point to opportunities for cross-country learning and exchange.
Norway tops the list, followed by Finland and Switzerland.
Among South Asian countries, Sri Lanka was the top performer ranking at 70. It was followed by Nepal (98), India (103), Bangladesh (111) and Pakistan (125).
Apart from Sri Lanka, the four other South Asian nations are yet to reach the 60% threshold with regard to developing their human capital, the report said.
Bangladesh ranked 99th