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Bangladesh achieves success in gender equity at secondary level: Nahid

Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid today said Bangladesh has been successful in ensuring gender equity at secondary education level as the country achieved the target of MDGs even three years before the deadline.

"Target of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) was to achieve in male-female equity at primary education level by 2015. But, we have achieved the target not only in primary but also in secondary level of education in 2012 even three years before the target. Female are ahead of male in this regard," he told a reception of students at Dhaka Reporters' Unity (DRU) Sagar Runi auditorium here.

Nahid said now the percentage of female students at primary level is 51 percent and male is 49; at secondary level the percentage of female is 53 and male is 47 while at university level female's percentage is 45 and male's 55.

"If we can ensure equal scopes for female and male, womenfolk will also achieve success in even in challenging profession. It's a big social change for a nation," he said.

The minister said if the 32 crore working hands of 16 crore people can be utilized, it will possible to make the country a developed and prosperous one.

"Now 99.47 children get admission to school and only 1-2 percent get dropped out while in the past, only 50 percent children used to get admission in schools and rest of them doesn't come. However, 48 percent of children who came to school get dropped out from school before going to Class IX," Nahid said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)