Achieving Universal Primary Education in Bangladesh

5 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2010

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Shuchita Sharmin

University of Dhaka - Department of Development Studies

Date Written: August 21, 2010

Abstract

Education is a development agenda. Due to lack of reliable data the information is approximate, it is reported in different literature that there are 16.5 million primary-school-aged children (6 to 10 years old) in Bangladesh or overall there are more than 17 million students at the primary level; again it is estimated that 15.09 million children between the ages of 6 and 10 attend primary school. It can be said that somewhat 16-17 million children between the ages of 6 and 10 attend primary school. Education is their right but achieving their right to education is a huge challenge. Bangladesh's commitment to education has been clearly stated in its Constitution and development plans with education being given the highest priority in the public sector investments. Education sector allocations are currently about 2.3 percent of GDP and 14 percent of total government expenditure. Maintaining this commitment to the education sector is imperative in order to achieve Education for All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Despite international commitments and serious efforts undertaken by the government, 2.21 million children lack access to primary education. In total, about 5.76 million children of all ages have dropped out of primary school. In such a situation the possible role of school psychologists in achieving Universal Primary Education in Bangladesh needs a rethink.

Keywords: Challenges for the School Psychologists, Commitment of Government of Bangladesh to Ensure Education, School Psychologists, Universal Primary Education

JEL Classification: D6, O1

Suggested Citation

Sharmin, Shuchita, Achieving Universal Primary Education in Bangladesh (August 21, 2010). OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, Vol. 1, No. 2, pp. 27-31, 2010, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1663062

Shuchita Sharmin (Contact Author)

University of Dhaka - Department of Development Studies ( email )

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