2,500 more educational instts to be brought under MPO

Staff Correspondent

11 April, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Education minister Dr Dipu Moni on Wednesday said the government will include 2,500 more non-government educational institutions under monthly pay order (MPO) facilities within a month.

“We have enlisted around 2,500 non-government educational institutions from the applications of the MPO-seeking institutions”, she said

Dipu Moni revealed this at an opinion exchange meeting with the education affairs reporters at her ministry in the capital.

She said “We have selected around 2,500 non-government educational institutions from the applicants as per rules and all eligible institutions will get the facilities.”

“The institutions who fail to get the facilities, they will also get our support and encouragement so that they can be brought under MPO facilities in phases.”

Ministry sources said at present, there are 27,810 educational institutions that enjoy MPO facilities in the country.  The MPO facilities were provided last in 2010, when 1,622 educational institutions were brought under the facilities.

When asked about unified admission tests at public universities, she said, “I know that launching of unified admission system is delayed for opposition from a few reputed universities. But it is very essential to reduce the sufferings of admission seekers and their guardians.”

Mentioning sufferings of admission seekers and their guardians during  admission tests every year, she said, “If we can hold medical admission tests through unified system, why can’t we hold other admission tests in this manner?”

“I believe that we can do it if we have a good will. I hope the universities will co-operate with us in this matter.”

About sexual harassment at educational institutions, Dipu Moni said, “If we can not apply the law strongly against the culprits, violence against women will continue and it will never be addressed.”

“A social movement is needed by creating awareness in families and society against such violence,” she mentioned.

“Apart from legal action against the offenders, we shall have to be aware about the rights of women and make the society aware for stopping the menace.”

Mentioning that the ministry is working to implement the education policy, she said, “We are scrutinising the proposed education act through a consultant whether there is any contradiction with other law or not.”