Vol. 5 Num 418 Sat. July 30, 2005  

'Quality pry edn must for poverty alleviation'

The speakers at a seminar here yesterday called upon the government to take effective measures to improve the standard of primary education for alleviation of poverty.

The Campaign For Popular Education (CAMPE), a national NGO and Satkhira Unnayan Sangstha (SUS), a local NGO jointly organised the seminar on 'Equality including Standard : Primary Education Agenda under Education Watch Report 2003-'04.

Held at Sadar upazila auditorium, the seminar was presided over by SUS director Sheikh Eman Ali while Satkhira Deputy Commissioner Md Elias was present as chief guest. Sadar Upazila Nirbahi Officer SM Ashrafuzzaman and acting District Primary Education Officer Ashraful Alam were special guests.

The speakers told that quality primary education is a must for the poor to get rid of poverty. They lamented that despite achievement of tremendous success in primary school enrolment, quality education is still a far cry. They stressed on a consensus of policy makers as well as government to improve the quality of education.

Education Watch researcher and chapter contributor Samir Ranjan Nath presented a report of the findings of the research and policy related recommendations at the seminar.

The seminar was addressed by, among others, Principal Sheikh Abdul Wadood, Education Watch group member Dr M Matiur Rahman, assistant education officer Ruhul Amin, Bina Das, journalist Kamruzzaman, Palash Kanti Haldar and Prof Mobashwerul Haq.