A total of Tk. 24,040 crore has been proposed to allocate for the primary education sector in the proposed budget of the Financial Year 2019-20, which was Tk. 20,521 crore in the budget for current FY2018-19.
In his budget speech, the finance minister said the government is laying emphasis on quality education.To achieve this goal the government will build infrastructures for schools, conduct basic literacy program throughout the country to build a fully literate Bangladesh, and expand digital primary education through the use of ICT. The capacity of primary school teachers will be enhanced by providing practical and modern trainings home and abroad to meet the standard of modern education.
The government is formulating the National School Feeding Policy which will be finalised in FY2019-20, said Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who came forward to finish the budget speech as finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal felt sick during budget presentation.
She also said a pilot project titled ‘Digital Primary Education’ will be undertaken to facilitate qualitative improvement in education by enhancing the capacity of primary education together with the use of ICT. Under the project, interactive classrooms will be established in 503 model primary schools.
Alongside these new plans, the following programmes will continue in FY2019-20 to ensure the ongoing development of primary and mass education, such as construction of classrooms in schools on the basis of prioritised requirements; demanddriven repair and refurbishment of schools; construction of wash-blocks and tubewells in schools; providing budget for implementation of school level improvement plan (SLIP) and upazila primary education plan (UPEP) in all government primary schools; recruitment of teachers; providing Dip-in-Ed and subject-specific trainings to teachers; supplying comptuers and ICT equipment to schools, offices and training institutes; distribution of free text books; and the stipend programme.