Citing 2.28 crore unemployed youths in the country, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) yesterday placed a 12-point recommendation for ensuring quality education.
The anti-corruption watchdog claimed that the country’s younger generation is failing to keep up with competition both at home and abroad due to lack of adequate skills and much-needed training.
The recommendations titled “Tarunner Protyasha: Chai Gunogoto Shikkha” (Youth’s Aspiration: Quality Education) were placed at a human chain at Teacher-Student Centre (TSC) premises on Dhaka University campus, marking International Youth Day to be observed on August 12. Students from different schools, colleges and universities participated.
Referring to the country’s poor state of higher education according to the World Economic Forum, TIB Executive Director Iftekharuzzaman said that Bangladesh ranks at number 84 among 136 countries. “The country needs to focus on vocational education to produce educated manpower as per market demands,” he said.
While reading out the recommendations, he said that specific short, medium, and long-term national strategy for ensuring quality education through active participation of experts and youths is needed to achieve sustainable development goals (SDGs).
Saying that the education system does not meet the needs of modern times and remains “unrealistic” in many cases, he recommended allotting adequate budget, and building modern, information-technology based infrastructure.
The other points include ensuring the youth’s freedom of expression and legal right to protest against any irregularity in society, politics and economics; ensuring active involvement of the youth in implementing SDGs; taking comprehensive measures to increase institutional ability; an effective step to establish research-based communication among universities and industrial sectors; increasing scope to practice creativity and intelligence; significantly increasing the budget allocation for research and bank loans for young entrepreneurs; creating markets and self-expression opportunities; proper implementation of youth development guidelines; and ensuring a merit-based recruitment process devoid of corruption in public and private sectors.