Govt to spend Tk205bn on tech education

Hasibul Aman

21 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

A massive initiative is in the offing to spread technical education across the country in a bid to create a pool of skilled workforce to cater to industrial needs. 

Some 329 technical schools and colleges will be set up spending as high as Tk205.25 billion by the next four years under the initiative.   

The move comes as part of the government ongoing efforts to address the skill gap among a large number of youths that is hindering industrial expansion. 

A project proposal of technical and madrasah education division has been placed at the planning commission with regard to this, seeking Ecnec approval, planning commission sources said.

It is likely to be tabled soon at the Ecnec meeting for approval. Once approved, directorate of technical education will implement it by December 2024.

Bangladesh is enjoying a demographic dividend thanks to a huge young population. Unlocking the potential requires a bunch of skilled manpower.

But the tendency of taking general education in the country cannot meet the present job market requirement, especially in the manufacturing sector.

The massive scheme is expected to pave the way for providing technical and vocational education to sixth to eighth graders alongside general education.

It will help expand technical and vocational education across the counry through introducing SSC (vocational) and HSC (vocational) courses.   

Alongside preparing local youths for present and future job market in home and abroad, the scheme will also help launch technical courses on four trades and four short-duration para-trades.  

The flagship Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programme has helped a lot in creating job opportunities as well as skilled manpower and poverty reduction, according to the Education Ministry.

The TVET reform project is an initiative of the government assisted by the International Labour Organisation and funded by the European Union.

Its goal is to ensure Bangladesh’s competitiveness in the global market and reduce poverty by improving the quality of vocational, educational and training.

The government has set a target to raise technical education enrolment to 20 percent by 2021 for being a lower middle-income country by 2021.

For achieving the target, the government has already taken initiative to expand technical education to rural level. Two such schemes are already running to enhance capacity of 64 schools and colleges and set up one technical school and college in 100 upazilas.

In the second phase, the government is going to launch a new project to set up technical schools and colleges in the rest of 329 upazilas. 

Under the proposed scheme, 984 acres of land will be acquired and academic-cum-workshop and administrative buildings, teachers’ dormitory, female students’ hostel, boundary walls, 500kv sub-stations, martyr monuments, deep tubewells and water reservoirs will be set up.

“The project will help turn the local youths into skilled workforce who will be able to meet the demand for present and future job market inside and outside the country,” commented a planning commission high official.