The finance ministry has allocated Tk 6.50 billion in the current fiscal year to settle the benefits of retired private school teachers.
The allocation is enough to meet only one-fourth of the amount required for meeting the retirement benefits against pending applications coming from private school teachers, according to the minutes of the 18th meeting of Parliamentary Standing Committee on Ministry of Education held recently.
The committee meeting was told that the ministry had to lobby a lot to get the fund.
The ministry informed the committee that, as per recommendation of its (committee) 17th meeting, the finance ministry announced an allocation of Tk 6.0 billion for the retirement fund. Of the amount, Tk 5.0 billion would remain undisbursed as seed money and the rest amount could be paid to the teachers and employees as retirement benefits.
However, the allocated amount is yet to be made available to the retirement allowance board. The standing committee meeting observed that the retirement benefits could be disbursed as soon as the allocation is will be available.
It also suggested monthly disbursement of a certain amount of money from the fund to the retirement benefit board to facilitate its quick disbursements.
Meanwhile, the 19th meeting of the JS body was told that a total of 13,950 teachers from Secondary, Higher Secondary, Dakhil and Alim level received a 12-day master trainers' training to help proper implementation of the creative part of education under Secondary Education Sector Development Project (SESDP).
These master trainers, in turn have provided training to over 0.40 million teachers of Secondary and Dakhil level (class VI to IX-X) and 64,292 teachers of higher Secondary and Alim level.
The work of establishing Upazila ICT Training and resource centre have been completed in 125 upazilas under Upazila ICT Training and Resource Centre for Education (UITRCE), and necessary computer and equipments have been installed, according to the minutes of the 19th meeting.
Under the same project 27,000 teachers have been provided ICT training in the FY 2015-16.
The government has a plan to impart training to 73,000 teachers in FY 2016-17. Fund for arranging the training for 18,000 teachers in six batches has already been disbursed.