Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Wednesday said the government is working to reach 65 percent technical education aiming to transform Bangladesh into an economically developed country.
"We have set a target to reach 20 percent technical and vocational education by 2020," he made the comment when a delegation of European Union (EU) called on him in the conference room of the Education Ministry, reports BSS.
EU Ambassador to Bangladesh Pierre Mayaudon led the delegation, an official release said.
Other members of the delegation were head of Cooperation of EU in Bangladesh Mario Ronconi, team leader of Human Resources and Social Development Jurgen Heimann and Programme Manager Meriem EI Harouchi.
Nahid said in 2009, there was only one percent student enrolment in the technical and vocation education while the current enrolment is 14 percent.
"We are promoting skilled-based education to develop competent human resources to turn Bangladesh into a middle-income country. Education without skills will create a burden for family as well as nation," he said.
Referring to different initiatives taken by the present government to expand technical and vocational education, the minister said, "We have attached top priority to expansion of technical and vocation education to ensure better access of students to job markets."