Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith on Thursday proposed an allocation of Taka 53,054 crore for education in the national budget for 2018-19 fiscal.
He said, “We have already made significant progress in promoting primary education. Now we want to focus on providing education supportive of bringing about fundamental changes in living standard and to creating better learning environment at schools.”
“We believe that if a child starts growing up with the habit of following rules of personal hygiene and maintaining cleanliness of his surrounding, morality, discipline and responsibility, life skills and mutual responsiveness, he can become an architect of building a happy and prosperous country,” the finance minister added.
He said the curriculum of primary education should be developed to accommodate these values and training to make it suitable for children.
“To cope with the increasing demand, we will broaden the remit of ongoing programmes such as proving stipends, distribution of free textbooks and logistics, school feeding and so on,”
In tandem with this, Muhith said, 7,000 primary schools with separate wash blocks for boys and girls to ensure better environment for education; 65,000 classrooms, 10,500 teachers’ rooms, boundary walls in 5,000 schools will be constructed and 30,000 pieces of sports-goods will be distributed.
“As follow up previous programmes, we will establish another 1,000 primary schools in areas without schools,” Muhith said adding, to ensure the provision of technology-based modern education system, ICT-based community learning centre will be set up in all unions and some selected towns.
“We have a plan to set up 64 livelihoods and lifelong learning centres in 64 districts. Aside from the ongoing training for teachers, we have taken steps to impart English language proficiency training through the British Council and eliminate the ‘math phobia’ by organising mathematics Olympiad for students,” the finance minister added.-BSS