Upgrading primary education a must
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

The pace of improvement of the standard of primary education has been very slow despite progress in developing infrastructure of academic institutions. Speakers at a seminar laid stress on a concerted effort of all quarters for making the primary education up to the mark. Otherwise, they rightly said, the prevailing dissatisfactory situation could bring a debacle in the whole education system. We agree with them that primary education is the foundation of all higher education. Children get basic education at the primary schools. Low quality primary education affects them for the whole life. They cannot fully understand what they are supposed to learn at high schools and colleges. This make them unfit to compete at the job markets. Ultimately many of them become unemployed degree holders and burden for the society. The government should therefore take all necessary steps to improve the standard of primary education. Properly educated, efficient and dedicated people should be offered higher salaries to join as primary teachers. The education system also needs to be need-based. It is urgently necessary to take national initiative on developing need-based education and human developing policy. This would reduce wastage of public resources and help attain durable national competitiveness. Vocational training including training on information technology can be included in the curriculum. This will highly reduce the unemployment rate in the country. In short, we have to improve the quality of primary education. That is the foundation of higher education.

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