The speakers in a seminar expressed that the government should improve the quality and efficiency of service delivery in education and health sectors and made some recommendations on that regard. SUPRO organized the sharing seminar to present the findings of Social Audit on government primary education and health services today, 20 March 2012 in the VIP Lounge of the national Press Club. The Social Audit was conducted in 20 districts to understand the quality and efficiency of service delivery, to identify gaps and to elicit recommendations for improvement of services.
In this sharing seminar, Dr. MS Akbar, MP, Chairman, Bangladesh Red Crescent Society, Advocate Khan Tipu Sultan, MP, Member Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr. Mahmudur Rahman Manna, Politician and Media personality, Mr. Abdul Mannan, Former Minister Civil Aviation and Tourism , Dr. Iftekharruzzaman, Executive Director, Transparency International Bangladesh (TIB) and Mr. Faizur Rahman Fakir, President, Upazila Parishad Association of Bangladesh, were present as distinguished guest. Many other Educationists, politicians, NGO and CSO representatives, journalists and member of the public were present in the seminar.
Dr. Iftekharruzzaman said that health and education are fundamental rights, all the governments priorities these sectors but it is not reflected in resource allocation in Bangladesh. The budget allocation in those sectors is frustratingly low. As the institutional accountability mechanisms are not working we have to resort to the social accountability mechanisms. Social audit is such a tool which can help us to improve accountability and service delivery of the public sectors. SUPRO and other similar organizations have to continue their campaign and advocacy for that.
Mr. Sultan, MP, said government has focused on establishing new schools but the proper distribution of schools according to population density has to be ensured.
Mr. Akbar, MP, said if the accountability of the local government is ensured government initiatives to deliver better services will be successful.
Mr. Mannan said quality improvement of our education sector is not satisfactory. Mr. Faizur said that our structure of our education and health system is very good but quality of service and efficiency is not satisfactory, which we have to improve.
SUPRO national council member Mr. Madhab Chandra Dutta moderated the session. Uma Chowdhury, Director, SUPRO, welcomed the participants with her opening speech. The findings were presented by Mr. Kazi Shafiqur Rahman and Mr. Saif Uddin Ahmed, both coordinators of SUPRO.
Other SUPRO executive and national council members, district secretaries and members, journalists, NGO and Civil society members also spoke in the seminar.