PM calls for best use of education facilities

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Prime minister Sheikh Hasina distributes awards amongst students, who showed their creative ability at national level competition, at Osmani Memorial Hall on Sunday. –– Focusbangla photo

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina distributes awards amongst students, who showed their creative ability at national level competition, at Osmani Memorial Hall on Sunday. –– Focusbangla photo

The prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, on Sunday urged the students and guardians for best use of the opportunities and facilities made available by the government for promotion of education and find job after the education.
Distributing awards amongst the students who showed their creative ability at national level competition on their various academic subjects in the past two years, Hasina said her government had attached highest importance to education aimed at making true the vision of government to make Bangladesh as middle income country by 2021 and developed one by 2041.
‘So education is the best tool to achieve the goal,’ she said adding that a nation could not prosper without educating its people, report Bangladesh Sangbad Sangshtha.
The prime minister announced that there would be at least one government school and one government college at every upazila of the country. In view of that, she said a list of the upzilas had already been prepared and work would begin soon.
Hasina distributed a cheque of Tk 1 lakh and a medal to each of 24 students who scored best in the competitions in 2015 and 2016 under an government initiative titled ‘Srijanshil Medha Onneshan’ (Searching Creative Talents) launched in 2013.
The award was given in four categories –– language and literature, daily science/science, math and computer and Bangladesh studies and War of Liberation.
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid presided over the programme arranged by the education ministry at the Osmani Memorial Hall in the city.
Secretary of the education ministry M Sohrab Husain and Department of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education director general Fahima Khatun addressed the function, among others. From the award recipients Shakil Reza Ifty of Dinajpur Zila School and Siratal Mostakim Sraboni of Rajuk Uttara Model College also spoke on the occasion.
Congratulating the talented students and its organisers the prime minister said that it was a great job to pick the talented students from grassroots level and give them award and encouragement.
Hasina said, ‘None could restrain Bangladesh from independence and none would be able to hold back the independent nation from earning its economic prosperity.’
She said that Bangladesh would certainly regain its honour and dignity amidst world comity which the nation had achieved through independence in 1971.
Hasina said during his only three and a half years tenure, the country’s founding president Sheikh Mujibur Rahman  along with other reconstruction and rehabilitation jobs, had presented the nation with a worthy constitution in which education was given highest importance making the primary education compulsory and female education totally complimentary.
‘Bangabandhu taught us that education is the best investment for a nation,’ the prime minister said, adding that even in grave economic constraint Sheikh Mujib nationalised all primary schools for promotion of education from primary to higher level.
‘We want to make the dream of Bangabandhu true. So we are distributing text books free of cost and giving scholarships to lessen the burden of educational cost,’ she said.
Pointing out her government’s cherished vision of building a ‘Digital Bangladesh’ Hasina said, ‘It was not only our announcement…We have taken real steps for use of technology universally across the country.’
She said, ‘Use of technology can expedite socio-economic development and create employment opportunities.’
Hasina said her government was in the course of implementing a broad-based education policy which pinned on expansion of education in every nook and corner of the country including hilly, remote areas and islands.

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