Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education, Chattogram region director Professor Pradip Chakrabarty said we know that the education in Bangladesh is highly subsidised. The government has given the highest importance to the education sector to ensure education for all. A large section of the country’s national budget is set aside to promote education and make it more accessible.
‘The government of Bangladesh continues to set education for the masses one of the top priorities and as such has set up a number of programmes and initiatives designed to help the people of Bangladesh obtain a fairly good level of education regardless of gender or class,’ he explained.
‘At present there are only nine government schools in Chattogram for nearly 70 lakh people. These are painfully insufficient. The nine Schools are —Collegiate School Chattogram, Government Muslim High School, Nasirabad Government Boys’ High School, Dr Khastagir Girls’ High School, Chittagong Government Girls’ High School, Chittagong Government High School, Bakalia Government High School, City Government Girls’ high School, Haji Mohammad Government High School,’ he added.
He said that the government had a plan to set up two schools in Chattogram but due to land crisis it had been delayed, he said and also added that according to DPP, to set up a standard government school the authority needed at least two acres of land which was difficult to manage in the port city at present.
Recently, he continued, the government selected two sites to construct two new government schools in Chattogram at Patenga and Halishahar. Besides new buildings would be constructed to upgrade 15 private schools and existing buildings would be expanded vertically at 30 private schools.
He told New Age that after few decades Chattogram is going to get two more government schools which would be set up at Halishahar and in Patenga area and each would be constructed up to 10 storeys.
Already, the project to build schools got approval in ECNEC and the land acquisition process is on, said the director.