No country can truly become developed without quality knowledge and education
It is alarming and truly disheartening to see Bangladesh’s position in the latest version of the Global Knowledge Index, published earlier this week by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where it ranked last in South Asia.
There is no denying the economic progress that Bangladesh has made, or the fact that lives have improved. However, to be ranked 112th out of the 138 countries, and the lowest in South Asia, really should serve as a wake-up call to the authorities concerned and the policymakers of the country.
What is particularly egregious is that Bangladesh performed worst in the higher education category, ranked 129th -- a truly dismal state of affairs that must be addressed with absolute priority.
This is a country that is harbouring hopes of reaching middle-income status in the very near future and of becoming a developed nation in two decades, but it is safe to say that no country can truly become developed without quality knowledge and education, particularly in higher education, which will create the leaders of tomorrow.
Indeed, there have been calls in the past on the need to take a long, hard look at our education sector and the method through which education is disseminated, so that necessary reforms can be made.
Our undeniably impressive economic growth will mean little if Bangladesh continues to stumble when it comes to knowledge, mobility, and human development, and until we take these issues seriously and make a cohesive, holistic attempt to address them, we may never reach our full potential as a nation.