allocations for education in the national budgets
during the nineties show that the government has
attached topmost priority to human resource development
though education. The goal of 'Education for All'
is being vigorously pursued in the country. The
education system is divided into 4 levels-- Primary
(from grades 1 to 5), Secondary (from grades 6 to
10), Higher Secondary (from grades 11 to 12) and
tertiary. Alongside national educating system, English
medium education is also provided by some private
enterprises. They offer 'A' level and 'O' level
courses. There is also Madrasa system which emphasizes
on Arabic medium Islam-based education. This system
is supervised by the lone Madrasa Board of the country.
Compulsory primary education, free education for
girls up to class ten, stipends for female students,
food-for educational total literacy movement and
nationwide integrated education are some of the
major programs being the government in the education
There are 11 government universities and approximately
20 private universities in Bangladesh. Specialized
universities are Bangladesh University of Engineering
and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh Agricultural University
and Bangabandhu Shaikh Mujib Medical University..
The number of government and non-government medical
colleges stand at 1 3 and 5 respectively. There
are 4 engineering colleges, 2845 colleges, institutes,
12553 secondary schools, and 78595 primary schools.
To make higher education accessible to all, an Open
University has been set up in the country. A National
University has also been set up to serve as an affiliating
university colleges across the country.
Alongside the general system of education parallel
system known as Madrasha education which offers
Islamic education to Muslim boys and girls. Hindus
and Buddhists also receive religious education at
institutes called Tol and Chatuspathi.