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State minister: Literacy rate now 74.7%

The function was presided over by Senior Primary and Mass Education Secretary Md Akram-Al-Hossain. BNFE Director General Tapan Kumar Ghosh addressed the event, among others

Update : 08 Sep 2020, 11:21 PM

State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Md Zakir Hossen on Tuesday revealed that the literacy rate in the country has risen to 74.7%, as compared to 53.5% in 2005 during the BNP-Jamaat government.

The state minister made the remark at the inaugural function of a daylong programme marking International Literacy Day 2020, at the conference room of the Bureau of Non-Formal Education (BNFE) in Dhaka, said a press release.

The function was presided over by Senior Primary and Mass Education Secretary Md Akram-Al-Hossain. BNFE Director General Tapan Kumar Ghosh addressed the event, among others.

Noting that Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman first observed International Literacy Day in Bangladesh, Zakir said the day this year is being observed on a limited scale as school have remained closed for the last five months due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

“The Father of the Nation paved the way for progress in primary education by nationalizing 36,165 primary schools and 157,724 teachers in 1973,” he said, adding that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina followed the footsteps of her father and nationalized 26,139 primary schools in 2013.

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