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Access to Education in Bangladesh: Country Analytic Review of Primary and Secondary Education

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posted on 2023-06-07, 14:46 authored by Manzoor Ahmed, Ahmed Kazi Saleh, Islam Khan Nurul, Ahmed Romij
This country analytical review examines the key issues in access to and participation in primary and secondary education in Bangladesh, with a special focus on areas and dimensions of exclusion. Against a background of overall progress, particularly in closing the gender gap in primary and secondary enrollment, the research applies a conceptual framework outlining different forms of exclusion and presents two significant findings which compromise access and diminish gains made: high dropout rates at primary and secondary levels and nominal access but virtual exclusion from quality learning. Other areas surveyed in the review include interventions by public sector and non-governmental providers in primary and secondary education as well as the financing of basic education. This review of the literature concludes with suggestions for future research directions that might lead to new understanding and insights on equitable access and participation.


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  • Published


Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE)



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Falmer, UK and Dhaka, Bangladesh

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  • Education Publications


Country Analytic Review (CAR), Bangladesh


BRAC University (Visiting fellow, University of Sussex)

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