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PM: Failure to achieve 100% literacy rate disgraceful

  • Published at 05:13 pm November 19th, 2016
PM: Failure to achieve 100% literacy rate disgraceful
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said the failure to achieve cent percent literacy rate in Bangladesh even after its 45 years of independence is very much disgraceful. "Forty-five have passed by since Bangladesh’s independence…this is very much regretful that we cannot yet say we’ve achieved hundred percent literacy rate, this is disgraceful as well for us as a nation," she said. The prime pinister said this while formally inaugurating the second day programme of Chittagong University’s Golden Jubilee celebrations on its central playground through a video conference from her official residence Ganobhbaban. Jatiya Sangsad Speaker Dr Shirin Sharmin Chaudhury was present as the chief guest. Prof Emeritus Anisuzzaman, a former faculty member, delivered the memorial speech. CU Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Iftekhar Uddin Chowdhury presided over the programme. The prime pinister, however, said it would have been possible to achieve the cent percent literacy rate in the country if a black day like August 15 of 1975 had not come. "After the assassination of the Father of the Nation, the system of killing, coup, illegal power grabbing and military rule had started. These elements had never been able to develop the country," she said. Sheikh Hasina also said the military dictators and juntas just had made their own economic fortunes without thinking about the country’s mass people. She urged the teachers and students of different educational institutions, including the Chittagong University, to maintain congenial education atmosphere on their campuses so that there could be no session jam. Hasina said her government wants to develop a modern and educated new generation to build the country more efficiently. For the purpose, she said, many specialised and multifaceted educational institutions like medical university, agriculture university, marine university, fisheries institute, university of science and technology are being developed at different parts of the country. Besides, she said, steps have already been taken to establish two new medical universities in Chittagong and Rajshahi, while such universities would also be set up in other divisions in phases. Hasina mentioned that these steps have been taken to build a highly educated nation as a poverty- and hunger-free country is possible only when the nation becomes a well-educated one. She said military dictators did not let the people know the true history of the War of Liberation as they distorted the history of the nation’s victory. Zia and Khaleda both made war criminals and collaborators of the defeated forces ministers and MPs, and gave them national flags and tarnished country's dignity and honour of the freedom fighters, she added. The prime minister urged members of alumni, former students and affluent section of the society, including public representatives and rich people to contribute to the development and welfare of their local educational institutions. Hasina called upon teachers and students to keep the environment of their institutions clean, and plant tress to make the campuses beautiful. Minister for Housing and Public Works Engineer Mosharraf Hossain, Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid, Information Minister Hasanul Haq Inu, Railways Minister Mujibul Haque and Prime Minister's Adviser HT Imam were present at Ganobhaban.
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