Bangladesh is in need of a unified qualification framework to facilitate lifelong learning by opening up access, attracting investment and recognizing non-formal and informal learning, experts have said.
Their remarks came at a preparatory workshop on “Development of a Bangladesh Qualification Framework” that was jointly organized by the Directorate of Technical Education and International Labour Organization’s (ILO) European Union-funded Skills 21 project on Tuesday, according to a press release.
It said stakeholders from different organizations had attended the workshop at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel in Dhaka, which created awareness amongst them to gain their support to develop a unified Bangladesh Qualification Framework.
It was emphasized that the development of the framework would strengthen national qualification systems by harmonizing the sub-systems of qualifications.
Addressing the program, Technical and Madrasa Education Division (TMED) Secretary Md Alamgir said: “This is the right time to develop a harmonized qualification system that will benefit both employers and job seekers. TMED will act as bridge to bring coherence and clarity to the qualifications systems.”
ILO Officer-in-Charge Snehal V Soneji said they were taking the initiative to build a unified qualification framework for Bangladesh that would allow learners to move within and across occupations, industry sectors and education sub sectors.
Doerte Bosse, first counsellor of European Union’s Education and Human Development Delegation, ILO Skills and Employability Specialist Gabriel H Bordado and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Malaysian Qualifications Agency Prof Hazman Shah Bin Abdullah also spoke at the workshop, among others.