More budget allocation demanded for tech education

Staff Correspondent

15th June, 2019 08:37:48 printer

Diploma engineers at a statement on Saturday expressed their resentment over budgetary allocation for technical education adding that it does not match with the government planning for developing skilled manpower.

The allocation for technical education was not increased in line with the government plan rather it was declined, said a statement signed by IDEB President AKMA Hamid. The IDEB president, however, appreciated the overall allocation for education sector.

According to the Institute of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh (IDEB), the proposed budget for technical education is quite inadequate and not sufficient to meet the goal of developing skilled based manpower.

The government has proposed 7,454 crore for the technical and madrasha education which is only 1.5 percent of total financial allocation. And the figure is 12 percent of the total education budget.

In a statement on Saturday, the IDEB said the proposed budget does not reflect the mega planning of government to promote skilled-based education. The IDEB urged the government to increase the allocation to 20 percent of the total education budget as a part of mega planning for skill based education.

The professional body, however, appreciated the overall budget placed in the parliament on Thursday mentioning that it would enhance the socio-economic development of the country. The IDEB chief also identified financial planning as pro-people and development friendly.

The professional body believes Bangladesh is on right track to become a developing country under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“In the budget, we found that the government focuses on poverty reduction by creating more employments. Besides, the human resource and infrastructural developments will lead the country to cross the ultimate goal of gross domestic product to 8 percent,” AKM Hamid said. Hamid said the inclusive rural development can be possible at present pace of economy maintaining the market inflation at 5.5 percent.