Universal education key to industrialisation
Education is one of the basic needs of human being and also indispensable to build up the foundation of development of a country. As a developing country, we have to focus on education exclusively. Every developed country has educated people, large in number and versatile in skill. Universal education is the ultimate driving force of industrialisation.
Bangladesh has every potential to gain the highest peak of every aspect in the world. She has consistent growth of GDP that is likely to get huge boost in the years to come. But, without adequately skilled manpower attributable to a vibrant education system, it is hard to occur.
A person’s institutional education starts with primary education that provides the fundamental elements of knowledge to him/her. Proper nourishment of a child begins both with family and school. On Wednesday, our honourable prime minister announced to nationalise more than 26000 non-government primary schools in three phases. This is undoubtedly a praiseworthy decision of government. But only nationalisation of a school cannot ensure proper education for children. As we all know, a Japanese child always wants to be in school than his or her own home. In Japan, school is the most fascinating and amazing place for a child.
The first and foremost thing the government should do is to increase a school teacher’s salary and other benefits. In every developed and industrialised country like USA, Canada, China, Russia, Germany, France, Australia, etc the primary school teachers are among those that are paid highest. They even get higher salary than a university professor. But, regrettably, the scenario in our country is totally opposite. The schoolteachers usually get poor salary and their other benefits are nothing but ridiculous. True, a section of teachers belonging to urban areas, including the capital city Dhaka and Chittagong are in advantageous position to earn somehow significant amount of money. But, in rural areas, the scenario is terrible. A primary teacher cannot even lead a decent life. Their life is full of miseries.
So our government must take initiatives to improve every school. Not only to develop the infrastructure and increase salary or other related benefits of teachers and employees concerned, the government should also take a plan to restructure the prevailing primary and high school education system.
Hurain J Husna
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