Every year, a few thousand Bangladeshis, along with many more students from around the world, take the highly competitive Edexcel – GCSE and A level -- examinations.
And every year, some of these students come out with flying colours, making us all extremely proud.
The remarkable performance of these brilliant students was enough to convince the head of British Council Bangladesh that there is a large number of highly talented young people here who have the potential to transform the country and aid in our progress.
While everyone would agree with that statement, the problem lies in our inability to mobilise or utilise this valuable human capital.
We have to make sure that the best and brightest among this pool of students are the future leaders of Bangladesh -- that they are given the tools and opportunities necessary to move us forward along with the rest of the world.
They are the ones who have the right 21st century skills and exposure to international standards to help us stand proud and tall in the global arena.
But unfortunately for us, those students with an international educational background face a number of institutional barriers, particularly in the recruitment process for civil servants and public officials, which only serves to hold the country back in our progress.
In labour economics, this would constitute a failure of the market due to a poor signaling mechanism in the allocation of labour.
A fast-track option specifically for highly talented English-medium students in the recruitment of top professionals and public officials can correct this systemic failure, but we need our current leaders and policymakers to take the correct initiative.