Literacy rate increases for gov’t relentless effort: Minister

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Staff Reporter:

Bangladesh’s literacy rate has increased as Prime Mister Sheikh Hasina’s government has been working relentlessly to eradicate illiteracy from the country.

Now, literacy means not only the ability to read and write but also have to attain the skill to work, said Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman at a programme organized marking the International Literacy Day at Jatiya Natyashala of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy on Saturday.

“The literacy figure will be found a gigantic change by 2020,” he further said.

The minister also said the country’s literacy rate is 72.9 per cent at present which was 72.3 in last year.

“Still 27.1 per cent people of the country are illiterate. Now the main aim is to make them educated and skilful,” he said.

He also put emphasis on reshaping the vocational and technical education system to create more efficient and skilful manpower in the country.

The global theme for this year is “To attain literacy and make life skilful”, which is targeted to help in promoting awareness of the importance and relevance of literacy and adult learning.unb

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