‘Ensure access of poor and meritorious to education’, says PM

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Dhaka, April 20: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said that her government has attached the highest importance to the education sector and asked all concerned to ensure access of poor and meritorious students to the government sponsored opportunities for vocational and higher education

She further said that it was the dream of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to free the country from poverty through ensuring education for all.

“Guardians are now aware of providing proper education to their children, but many of them cannot afford it for lack of financial constraints. So, the government would continue its efforts for providing them with all support for studies,” the Prime Minister said while addressing the third meeting of the Advisory Council of Prime Minister’s Assistance Trust Fund at her Tejgaon office.

Among others, Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Planning Minister AHM Mostafa Kamal, Minister for Primary and Mass Education Mostafizur Rahman, Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Abul Kalam Azad, members of the council and concerned senior secretaries and secretaries attended the meeting.Prime Minister

She said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had nationalized education amidst a challenging job of reconstructing the war ravaged economy.

The prime minister said the Awami League government increased the literacy rate by 20 percent during the 1996-2001 period, but the BNP-Jamaat clique after returning to power in 2001, pushed the country backwards in all field as the literacy rate again came down to its previous level.

She alleged whenever BNP-Jamaat assumed office, they stopped the development activities, especially in the education sector.

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