Inaugurating the newly built Feni Girls' Cadet College on Wednesday, Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia said that allocation for education would increase further in the new national budget to be placed in Parliament today.
"We have been giving the highest importance to education and implementing various programmes for expansion of education, improvement of its quality and making it available to all," she said while addressing a function marking the formal inauguration of the girl's cadet college at Dharmapur here.
Built at a cost of Taka 15 crore on about 28 acres of land, the college began academic activities in April this year with 100 students as the first batch. The college will, however, accommodate 400 students.
The Prime Minister unveiled the inaugural plaque and offered munajat. She signed the visitors' book and planted a sapling on the cadet college premises.
The inaugural ceremony was also addressed by Defence Secretary and Chairman of Cadet College Governing Council Mahmud Hassan Mansoor and Feni Girls' Cadet College Principal Faizul Hassan.
Prime Minister's Political Secretary Harris Chowdhury, Sayed Iskandar, MP, Mosharraf Hossain, MP, Jainal Abedin, MP, Rehana Aktar Ranu, MP, Shamsunnahar Khawja Ahsanullah, MP, Army Chief Lt Gen Moeen U Ahmed, Navy Chief Rear Admiral Hasan Ali Khan, Air Chief Air Vice-Marshal Fakhrul Azam, senior officials, teachers, students and the local elite were present.
"We sincerely believe that 'education is the backbone of a nation'. We also believe that education has no alternative to turn men into true human beings and efficient human resources," Begum Zia said.
Referring to her commitment for expansion, improvement and modernisation of education and making it applicable, she said her government's success in this field and also in making the education system free from copying and corruption drew acclamation at home and abroad.
She thanked all the teachers, guardians, students and the civil society who came forward to make success the government's initiatives in this regard.
Referring to her government's special emphasis on female education, the Prime Minister said an educated mother is an ideal to her children and an asset in society.
"A mother not only educates her children but also illuminate society. Therefore, we have given special emphasis on female education," she said.
Referring to introduction of free education for girls up to the 12th class and offering other facilities, including financial assistance for purchase of books and stipend for meritorious students, Begum Zia said these facilities would be extended up to the degree level in future.
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