Directorate of Primary Education

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Directorate of Primary Education
HeadquartersDhaka, Bangladesh
Region served
Official language
WebsiteDirectorate of Primary Education

Directorate of Primary Education (Bengali: প্রাথমিক শিক্ষা অধিদপ্তর) is an autonomous government department responsible for the administration of primary schools in Bangladesh. It is also responsible for the training of primary school teachers in various training institutions operated by the directorate. It is located in Dhaka, Bangladesh.[1] Director General Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal is the head of the Directorate of Primary Education.[2]


The government of Bangladesh under Sheikh Mujibur Rahman nationalized 37 thousand primary schools in Bangladesh in 1973 through the Primary Education (taking over) act, 1974.[3][4] The Directorate of Primary Education was established in 1981 to manage the nationalized primary schools.[4] In 2013, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina nationalized 26 thousand more primary schools.[3] Bangladesh has 126,615 primary schools, 540 thousand teachers and 18.6 million students.[5]


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  4. ^ a b Chandra, Ramesh (2003). Encyclopaedia of Education in South Asia. Gyan Publishing House. pp. 4–5. ISBN 9788178351537.
  5. ^ "Tardy funds release mustn't delay new school plans". New Age. Retrieved 23 June 2018.