She stated that ‘an educated human force is needed to make the country free from poverty and hunger’
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has highlighted the need for modern, technology-based, education to build a hunger-and-poverty-free, prosperous, Bangladesh.
She said: "We have set our goal to make the country prosperous. Only education can lead the country towards prosperity," she said.
PM Hasina remarked this while formally inaugurating a free textbook distribution event at her official residence, Ganabhaban, on Monday.
This year's: Primary Education Completion, Ebtedayee, Junior School Certificate (JSC), Junior Dakhil Certificate (JDC), and equivalent examination results were also handed over to her—by Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid—during the event.
PM Hasina said: “An educated human force is needed to make the country free from poverty and hunger. That is why we have always prioritized modern and technology-based education.”
"An educated nation can take the country to its desired place," she added.
Acknowledging the criticism about the: PEC, Ebtedayee, JSC, JDC, and equivalent examinations, she said: "I know there are some people who speak against these examinations; some have their objections, too.”
PM Hasina said: “By taking at these examinations, children’s self-confidence will grow. These exams will help the children’s self-confidence increase by eliminating their fear of public examinations."
Receiving certificates after these examinations will encourage the students to pay more attention to their studies, PM Hasina said, emphasizing the importance of strengthening training programmes for teachers.
"Training is being held for teachers, but this should be strengthened further. We want keep up with the developing world,” she added.
Deeming education as an asset, Prime Minister Hasina advised the students to develop themselves as well-educated citizens of the country.
“Bangladesh’s founding father Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’s government made education a top priority, made primary education compulsory, and nationalised a large of number of primary schools,” she added.
The prime minister mentioned that her party has formulated its education policy—in consultation with experts—by holding seminars, symposiums, and meetings with all stakeholders to come to the best possible solution.
The prime minister continued: “Steps have been taken to distribute free textbooks, provide the students with stipends, and introduce a school feeding programme. Multimedia classrooms have also been set up at their schools and colleges.”
“The country's independence was achieved in exchange for the blood of three million martyrs. Bangabandhu liberated Bangladesh with a goal of establishing a hunger-and-poverty-free country. We are doing everything at our disposal to make his dream a reality.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also stressed her determination to establish Bangladesh as a dignified nation on the world stage.
"We want to move while keeping our head high. We will not beg," she said.
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and Minister for Primary and Mass Education Advocate Mostafizur Rahman also spoke at the event.