Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid Sunday laid emphasis on promoting technical education to achieve Sustainable Development Goal-4 (SDG-4) by 2030.
"We have attached top priority to expansion of technical and vocational education to ensure better access of students to job markets," he told a workshop in the auditorium of Institution of Diploma Engineers, Bangladesh (IDEB) here, an official release said.
The Skills and Training Enhancement Project under Directorate of Technical Education organized the workshop on "Introduction of Action plan for technical and vocation education to achieve SDG-4."
State Minister for Technical and Madrasah Education Division Kazi Keramat Ali, Chief coordinator of SDGs Md Abul Kalam Azad and Director General of Directorate of Technical Education Ashok Kumar Biswas, among others, addressed the meeting, with Secretary of Technical and Madrasa Education Division Md Alamgir in the chair.
Nahid said the government has set a target of 30 percent enrolment in technical education by 2030 aiming to transform Bangladesh into an economically-developed country.
"In 2009, there was only one percent student enrolment in the technical education while the current enrolment rate is 14 percent," he added.
"We are promoting knowledge-based education to develop skilled human resources to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country. Education without skills will create a burden for family as well as the nation," he added. -BSS