Call to reconsider allocation for pry edn in budget

Dhaka,  Sat,  23 September 2017
Published : 18 Jun 2017, 22:12:44

Call to reconsider allocation for pry edn in budget

FE Desk

Leading international child rights organisation Save the Children has urged the Ministry of Finance to reconsider allocation for the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education (MoPME) as proposed in the national budget.

According to a statement, allocation in the new budget has been Tk 1.4 billion less than that of the last year.

In the fiscal 2016-17, the total budget for MoPME was Tk 221.6 billion and this year it has been reduced to Tk 220.2 billion.

Furthermore, the share of total education budget for MoPME, Secondary and Higher Education Division and Technical and Madrasah Education Division is set to decline to 12.6 per cent from 14.4 per cent in the last budget.

"We are particularly worried of the significant reduction in allocation and coverage proposed for the education stipend programmes at primary, secondary and higher secondary levels," said Md. Ashiq Iqbal, Public, Finance and Governance Advisor, Save the Children in Bangladesh.

According to him, allocation for Primary School Stipend has been reduced to Tk. 3.5 billion from Tk 14 billion last year, for Secondary Education Stipend Tk 1.1 billion from Tk 2.4 billion last year, and for Higher Secondary Stipend Tk 0.5 billion from 1.5 billion last year.

The reduction will have negative impact on quality education and also on retaining children in schools, he further said.
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