As the financial year 2023-24 approaches, concerns are arising over the budget allocation for the education sector, reports UNB.
The budget allocation was a subject of discussion among students from Dhaka University, technical institutes and madrasas.
Abu Bakr Siddiq Riyad, a third-year student of DU's Mass Communication and Journalism department, emphasized the importance of prioritizing the education sector.
He remarked, "To keep pace with the rapidly evolving world, the education sector needs better organization and increased attention. Budget allocation should be augmented accordingly."
Siddik Faruk, another third-year student from Dhaka University, highlighted the disparity between the ideal and actual budget allocation for education.
"Ideally, 20 percent of the total budget should be allocated to the education sector. However, our country currently only allocates around 10 percent. This must be increased gradually to meet the needs of our economy and ensure progress in the knowledge-based economy of the future," he said.
As the country strives for a knowledge-based economy, it becomes imperative to prioritize and adequately fund the education sector. The allocation for research in universities should also be increased to promote innovation and advance the nation's progress, he added.