Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked guardians to change the mindset that their children would get no education unless they study in a few reputed schools.
"There are a handful of famous schools. But many of us think that there would be no dignity, while some others think that there would be no education unless their children can study in these schools. This mentality will have to be changed," she said.
The premier said this while receiving the result summary of this year's Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations at her office here in the city.
Education Minister Dipu Moni handed over the summary of the exam results and related statistics to the prime minister.
Hasina said many noted dignitaries including erudite persons, scientists, civil service officers and leaders in the country came out from district schools. So, such schools should not be neglected, she added.
"It is easy for the good schools to get good results by dealing with good students," she said.
She said the credit should go to those (teachers or and schools) who can make their mediocre students qualified. "They should be given support and rewarded," she added.
The PM stressed the need for paying attention so that the students can get proper education in every school.
This year, more than 20 lakh students took part in SSC and equivalent examinations under 11 boards, including madrasa (Dakhil) and Technical Education.
Of them, 15.99 lakh were from nine general education boards, 2.68 under the Madrasah Education Board, and 1.53 lakh under the Technical Education Board. SSC and equivalent examinations began across the country on 15 September.
PM Hasina put emphasis on the modernisation of the education system in order to build skilled manpower for the 4th industrial revolution from now.
"We'll have to upgrade the education system from now on so that we can get skilled manpower when the 4th industrial revolution starts," she said.