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Girls’ participation in vocational education is one third of boys

Dhaka Tribune Online, 13 May 2013 - Bangladesh has half of the average number of students for Asian countries. Participation of girls in the public examinations under the vocational education system remains low, at a time when girls’ participation is increasing in general system.

The Education Watch Report 2011-2012, published on Saturday, says in age group 10-24, 3.3% of the boys go for vocational education while only 1.2% of girls go for the vocational education system.

The report also says overall participation in vocational education system is very low. Only 1.1% of the total secondary enrolments go for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), which is half of the average for Asian countries.

The report, meanwhile, termed the vocational education system costlier than the general education system.

It says the monthly average household cost per participant for general education is Tk1175, while for the technical education it is Tk1928.

About 27% of the surveyed students think that physical infrastructure of technical education is not adequate. Another 27% think teaching practices are not effective in the vocational education system, the report added.

Meanwhile, education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid said the government has taken various steps to make the vocational education popular, adding that the budgetary allocation on vocational education system has been increased in the recent years.

“We have a plan that in 15 years, about 30% of the students will go to the vocational education system,” the minister said.

Source: http://dhakatribune.com/education/2013/may/13/girls%E2%80%99-participation-vocational-education-one-third-boys

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