Law Minister Anisul Huq on Saturday said literate people are getting more involved in corruption here in Bangladesh, which is a matter of concern.
In a country when the rate of literacy increases, the rate of crime usually decreases.
"On the contrary, most of the crimes are being committed in Bangladesh by educated people – although the literacy rate has increased here," the minister said, according to a press release.
The minister was addressing a function arranged at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre in the capital to provide stipends among some 2,000 higher secondary poor but meritorious students. Dutch-Bangla Bank, a private sector bank of the country, is providing the stipends.
He said the government is determined to establish good governance in the country by eliminating corruption from society.
The country's economic development is being hampered due to corruption, he said, adding that the corruption is also contradictory to the country's constitution, Liberation War spirit and the ideals of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Terming corruption the main problem of the country, the minister said, all have to work together to stamp out this menace from the society.
To root out corruption, family, society, and educational institutions have to play a role, he observed.
It is not possible to develop educated and skilled manpower without modern and quality education, he said, adding, "It is our collective responsibility to create opportunity for quality education for all."
The government cannot do it alone; therefore, he urged the private sector organisations to come forward.
The minister said, "Our main purpose is to transform Bangladesh into a developed country by 2041. And in this journey, what is needed the most is quality education."
Today's students will lead the country in future and work as a contributing factor to economic growth.
Therefore, it is a moral responsibility to nurture them in a proper way, he underscored.
In terms of providing quality education, in the past, there was a discrimination between rural and urban educational institutes, government and private institutes, the rich and the poor, educated and uneducated families, and even two educational institutes in the same city, he said.
But the government led by Sheikh Hasina has been able to narrow the gap to a larger extent, he said, adding that educational institutes in both rural and urban areas are now advancing at the same pace.
The government has framed policy to stop coaching business by teachers of government and private educational institutions, the law minister added.
Sayem Ahmed, chairman of executive committee of the DBBL board, presided over the event, attended by Bangladesh Bank Governor Fazle Kabir and DBBL Managing Director Abul Kashem Md Shirin.