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Swedish envoy lauds BD’s success

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Staff Reporter

Outgoing Swedish Ambassador Annell Lindhal Kenny on Tuesday said Bangladesh achieved tremendous success in reducing neonatal and maternal death rates.

She also said the role of Sheikh Hasina in achieving MDGs and ensuring women rights and empowerment and spreading education has been acclaimed both at home and abroad.

The Ambassador came up with the appreciation when she paid a farewell call on Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her office.

After the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary AKM Shameem Chowdhury briefed reporters.

Mentioning Bangladesh’s brilliant success in spreading education, the Swedish Ambassador said her government increased the number of scholarships for Bangladeshi students at postgraduate level.

In response, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said her government has given priority to education, especially the education of women as it can help them have their own standing in society.

As a result of various measures of her government, Hasina said, the enrollment in school especially that of girl children as well as pass percentage increased significantly in the last five years.

In this context, the Prime Minister mentioned the introduction of Primary School Certificate Examination (PSC) and Junior School Certificate (JSC) examinations which created much enthusiasm among the students.

Besides, she said, the government has been distributing free textbooks upto secondary level, providing stipends to 1.19 crore students and financial assistance to the poor parents for the spread of education in addition to introducing midday meal.

Hasina said her government has kept a provision of reserve seats for women in local government elections, and women are also working in Union Information and Service Centers across the country.

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister Abdus Sobhan Sikder was present.