In the beginning of 2017, IID, along with Brac International jointly conducted a nation wide survey, where they asked total 5125 citizens of Bangladesh about their expectations of the current budget and what they care most about. When asked about what they want to see the top priorities of this year’s budget, most citizens put Education on the top, followed by health, agriculture, transportation, and industrialization to eradicate unemployment.
Amongst total 5125 participants, coming from different region and social classes, 74 percents of them were male and 26 percents were female. There is only one transgender participant representing their community. The survey did not limit its focus on the popular opinion, but also documented minimum demands from the locals. Hence, when education came out to be the number one priority of the budget (according to citizen demand), the survey team went to the route of the sector. It showed, 24 percents of citizen would like to see the teachers receiving better training. Quality of education often relies on the quality of the educator and the method of teaching they are using. The survey portrays that, like any other developing society most citizens of the country wants to assure proper and quality education for their future generation. Other priorities such as scholarships for students ( 22%), new school establishment (21%) , special funds for female students (6%) remains other important demand from the citizens for the this year’s budget.