Bangladesh ranks top in South Asia in secondary education
Published: 03:12 PM, 15 July 2022 Updated: 03:14 PM, 15 July 2022
The number of youths aged 15 to 24 – without secondary education level equivalent skills – is the lowest in Bangladesh among the South Asian countries, says a study conducted by the United Nations (UN).
This information is obtained from a recent study by the UN children’s organization UNICEF and The Education Commission.
The World Skills Clock is a joint initiative of UNICEF, The Education Commission, genU and World Data Lab. It is an interactive web tool that provides a visual overview of the current situation and future forecasts of the global education and skills crisis.
The clock and a new report were released by UNICEF and The Education Commission on the eve of World Youth Skills Day on Friday.
Secondary level skills refer to “traditional reading” and “arithmetic skills” — which are taught in school. According to the World Skills Clock, 58 percent of Bangladeshi youths do not have such skills.
According to the report, 93.3% of youths in Afghanistan do not have the equivalent of secondary education. Bhutan (89 percent), Pakistan (84.5 percent), Nepal (81.7 percent), India (73 percent) and Sri Lanka (61.5 percent) are next on the list.
However, despite being ahead in one way, Bangladeshi youths aged 15-24 are lagging behind Bhutan, India and Sri Lanka in terms of “digital skills”.
Digital skills are meant to understand the technology and its uses. To measure this, it is important to consider whether youths have some basic computer functions. These tasks include copying and moving files and folders, using the copy and paste tool in a document, sending emails with attachments, and transferring files from one computer to another.
According to the report, about 85 percent of Bangladeshi youth lack digital skills.
In South Asia, only Afghanistan (99 percent), Nepal (87.4 percent) and Pakistan (90.2 percent) lag behind Bangladesh.
Robert Jenkins, UNICEF’s Director of Education, said an inspired and skilled generation of children and youths are vital to the development of society and the economy as well as progress and success. Nevertheless, due to the failure of the education system worldwide, most the children and youths are “uneducated, unmotivated and incompetent” — which is the main cause of unproductiveness.
Liesbet Steer, executive director of The Education Commission, said the Clock would help youths around the world monitor their skills acquisition and quickly implement any urgent steps needed to improve the lives of this generation.