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Education in Bangladesh - a country sector review (English)

This report assesses the relevance, efficacy, and efficiency of the Bank's sector work since 1964, and makes recommendations for future assistance. Although only one of the four sector goals was achieved, it is nonetheless, the most important one: the provision of primary education for the poor, particularly girls, with an impressive performance. However, other sub-sector investments, namely, agricultural, vocational-technical, and management education, which, despite their relevance to the country's needs from the 1970s to the present, contrast disappointingly. Inappropriate project design contributed to this outcome, since the main focus was on physical components - buildings, equipment, fellowships - rather than on the linkages, i.e., leading to the acquisition of useful, and, relevant knowledge and information. Consequently, the report suggests education sector sustainability, as a whole, is not likely, since the support to primary education merely sustains basic skills levels. Furthermore, the report examines institutional development activities, centered on training, where little or no attempt was made to provide incentives to teacher's training, or improve institutions' efficiency. Further insights on preparing a strategy for the years 2000-2020 are provided, with suggestions for partnership development, cross-sectoral policies, and efforts to reform higher education.


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    Education in Bangladesh - a country sector review

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Education in Bangladesh - a country sector review (English). Sector or Thematic Evaluation Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.