the ability of some members of the targeted population to access some of the formal programmes. Two issues in particular are important here. First, the University needs access to more broadcasting time. Second, there is the University’s reach. If the University cannot find the tutors and cannot set up local centres that are accessible to the students, its reach in some subject areas, at least, will remain limited. Nevertheless, BOU’s experience to date suggests that it is possible to create an effective distance-teaching system that will meet mass needs without recourse to high technology solutions. The Delors report (Delors et al. 1996) indicates the massive scale of the educational problems facing the world, and particularly Third World countries, if underprivileged people are to have access to educational opportunities. Distance education offers one way of confronting the demographic and financial challenge facing educationalists. Within Bangladesh, the BOU is beginning to make a real contribution to meeting the country’s educational and training needs.
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