Technical education should be reached 50 percent of the total students population of the country to achieve desired development, said Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on 12 August 2015.
"Now eighty percent students are studying on technical and vocational education and we have a plan to achieve 20 percent technical education by 2020 aiming to accelerate economic growth," he told a workshop here.
The workshop on "Creating facilities for additional one lakh students enrollment in different polytechnic institutes and establishment of twenty-three world class polytechnic institutes" was held at Directorate of Technical Education(DTE).
Chairman of Bangladesh Technical Education Board Dr M Mostafizur Rahman, Director General of DTE Ashoq Kumar Biswas, Principal of Shaymoli Polytechnic Institute Abdus Sattar and and senior officials, among others, addressed the workshop with additional secretary of the ministry AS Mahmud in the chair.
Nahid said, "As part of expansion of technical education in the country, technical school will be set up at each upazila. The government has so far approved a project for establishing 100 technical schools".
In 2009, he said, only one percent student studied in technical education but the percentage of technical education has increased to eighty percent during the tenure of the present government as it has attached highest priority to expansion of technical and vocational education.
Referring to 19,000 overseas employees working in garment sector, Nahid said the country lack efficient workforce as demand-based education is not given due importance.
"In the perspective, we are preparing education curriculum in the line of demand on job markets. We visited some factories and industries and asked owners what types of employees they need in future," he added.
"I think it will be helpful for students to get better access to job markets, if curriculum of educational institutions are prepared considering requirement of employers," he added.