Bangladesh: Education

Figure 1.-- This is a Bangladesh class portrait. We thin it is a private school. All we know foir sure is that it was taken in 1995. There is script at the bottom of the portrait in Bangla, but we cannot read it. Put your cursor on the image to see the rest of the class.

We have no information about Bangladesh education before the British Raj. The modern education system was founded by the British. Nangladesh becam independent after World War II as part of the new state of Pakistan (1947). We have know information on schools during this period. The country became independent as part of a bloody civil war and Indian intervention (1971). The Bangladesh Government gives a high priority to education, but the country's poverty means that resources are limited. The country's goal of 'Education for All'. The education system has four levels: Primary (grades 1 to 5), Secondary (grades 6 to 10), Higher Secondary (grades 11 to 12), and tertiary (university and other post-secondary programs. The state sysyem conducted in the Bangla language, The country's official language is Bangla, sometimes referred to as Bengali. It is the first language of more than 98 percent of the population. (In sharp cotrast to Indiaith its multiplicity of languages.) It is written in its own script, derived from that of Sanskrit. A small number of peopkle speak Urdu, many of whom emigrated from India after partition. Private schools are mostly taught in English. They offer 'A' level and 'O' level courses based on the British system. There are also Madrasa religious schools which are taught in Arabic and focus on Islam. This system is supervised by a Madrasa Board. We are not sure to what extent the Madrasa program differs for boys and giurls. Hindus and Buddhists also receive religious education at institutes called Tol and Chatuspathi, but unlike the Madrasas these do not replace the basic state education. Government policy mandates compulsory primary education, free education for girls up to grade 10, stipends for female students, food-for educational total literacy movement, and nationwide integrated education.

Additional Information

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