Education Watch 2000 A Question of Quality State of Primary Education in Bangladesh Volume II: Achievement of Competencies Editors: Samir R Nath, A Mushtaque R Chowdhury ISBN 984 05 1626 4 2001 304pp 272x210mm PB Tk.750.00 US$33.00
About 18 million of Bangladesh’s 130 million population, are in the primary school age (6-10 years) group. Nearly 80 percent of these children are now attending school. Some studies have raised questions about the quality of education imparted in the schools. This report presents results from a new study that looks at the quality aspect more comprehensively. It is done for both formal and non-formal sub-systems by (i) assessing students completing the primary cycle against a set of terminal competencies recommended by the government and (ii) by studying the state of teacher education. The results have both short and longterm policy implications. It indicates that Bangladesh has to strive hard if it wants to reach the new goal of quality Education for All by the year 2015. The report is published in three volumes. Volume I presents the main findings and a synthesis, Volume II the results on the achievement of competencies and Volume III presents the results on teacher education.
This report is the second from the Education Watch, an initiative by several individuals and organizations representing the civil society in Bangladesh. The first report, entitled Hope not Complacency, which looked at the internal efficiency of primary education, was published in 1999.
Samir R Nath is Research Statistician and Co-ordinator of the Education Research Group of BRAC. He studied at Oxford and contributed many articles in journals at home and abroad. His research interests include basic and primary education, health knowledge, and learning achievement of students.
A Mushtaque R Chowdhury is Deputy Executive Director and Director Research of BRAC. He obtained a PhD from London and contributed many articles and books in the areas of public health, education and poverty eradication. He is co-ordinator of the Working Group of Education Watch.