Children’s Access to Pre-school Education in Bangladesh

Bangladesh Education Article
Bangladesh Education Article
Written by Goutam Roy


Using Education Watch household survey database this paper explores children’s access to preschool education in Bangladesh. Participation in pre-school education has increased in Bangladesh at the rate of 0.6% per year and the net enrolment rate was found to be 13.4% in 2005. Enrolment of over-aged children in pre-school education made the gross enrolment ratio as high as 30.5%. Over half of the currently enrolled children of pre-school age also enrolled in primary classes and over 70% of those in the same age group were out-of-school. Only a third of the pre-school pupils got the opportunity to enrol in the English medium kindergartens and NGO-run non-formal schools where a kind of better pre-schooling exists. Urban children, especially those had educated parents and better-off economic background were more likely to have access in pre-school education compared to the others. Lack of common curricula for preschool education creates inequity among children at their very early age. A pro-poor policy with enough responsibility of the state and scope for current providers to contribute is an urgent need.

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SAMIR RANJAN NATH: Program head, Research and evaluation division, Brac, Bangladesh.

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Goutam Roy


  • বাংলাদেশে প্রতিটি প্রাথমিক বিদ্যালেয়ে বর্তমানে বাধ্যতামূলকভাবে প্রি-প্রাথমিক শ্রেণি খোলা হয়েছে এবং প্রতিটি প্রাথমিক বিদ্যালেয়ে প্রতিবছর শিক্ষোপকরণ কেনার জন্য একটি নির্দিষ্ট অংকের অর্থ বরাদ্দ প্রদান করা হচ্ছে। আগামীতে বাংলাদেশে হয়তো এভাবেই এগিয়ে যাবে প্রি-প্রাথমিক শিক্ষা। অনেক ধন্যবাদ লেখককে।

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