Mid-day meal for primary school students

Education should be a right, not a privilege

Published : 19 Feb 2023 08:33 PM

State minister for primary and mass education Md Zakir Hossain on Tuesday said that the government would resume school feeding programme across the country by June. Reportedly, feasibility study on the school feeding programme in all government primary schools will be completed soon to ensure children’s nutrition, 100 per cent admission to schools, regular presence in schools, and the prevention of dropouts.

Bangladesh now has one of the robust primary education systems in the world with an estimated 17 million primary school aged children (6 to 10 years). There is no denying the fact that such statistic bears the testimony of the country’s enviable success in the field of primary education. However, at the same time it is also true that we still lag far behind other developed countries in terms of ensuring quality education.

Despite Bangladesh’s notable success in bringing nearly all children across the country to primary school, the quality education remains a big concern. Many young students in Bangladesh find it hard to land good jobs because of the sheer mismatch between the education system and job market. The country should address this crisis by investing more in education and ensuring effective utilization of the amount of investment.

We hope the government will give 

its best to ensure 


primary education 

for all 

We have long been longing for revamp and rectification of our education sector. We hope the government will give its best to ensure quality primary education for all. We envisage that the government will address the need for allocating more budget in the country’s education sector to make it highly efficient one. 

The right to education is not only the right to access to education but also the right to receive quality education. For ensuring quality education there is no alternative to enabling a healthy and gender-inclusive environment in the education sector. 

Quality education requires relevant, strategic and well-researched curricula and materials for the acquisition of basic skills. There must be a procedure through which trained teachers can incorporate child-centred teaching approaches. Taking all these sinto consideration, authorities concerned should work to address the barriers towards maintaining integrity and ensuring quality in primary education and devise required actions to fix them.