Budget allocation for edn sector increases slightly

Md Solamain Salman

13th June, 2019 11:34:18 printer

The allocation for the education sector in the proposed national budget for 2019-20 fiscal increased to 11.68 percent of the total allocation from 11.41 percent of the outgoing financial year.

The percentage of allocation for development budget in the proposed budget also increased to 10.22 percent from the previous year’s 8.75 percent.     

Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal placed the proposed national budget of Tk 5,23,190 crore with the annual development programme allocation of Tk 2,02,721 crore in Jatiya Sangsad on Thursday for upcoming fiscal.  

The government has proposed increasing allocation for the education sector to Tk 61,118 crore in the budget for the next fiscal year compared to the allocation in the outgoing fiscal year.

The budgetary allocation Tk 53,054 crore for education sector in the 2018-2019 fiscal year.

Education ministry will get Tk 37,077 crore of the total allocation in the upcoming fiscal year. The budget in the outgoing fiscal year was Tk 30,588 crore for the ministry.

Tk 24,041 has been allocated to the primary and mass education ministry. The allocation was Tk 22,466 crore in the 2018-19 fiscal year.

Of Tk 37,077 crore amount, Tk 29,624 crore has been allocated to the secondary and higher secondary education division while Tk 7,453 crore to the technical and madrasha education division.

In the revised budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, the allocation to the secondary and higher secondary education was Tk 25,867 crore while Tk 5,757 crore was allocated for technical and madrasha education.

In his budget speech, the finance minister said, “With the aim of creating skilled human resource, targets have been set for the overall improvement of education, reducing discrimination in education, achieving quality, excellence, and expansion of education.”  

Kamal said, “The  world  is  witnessing  a  transition  from  the  Third  Industrial Revolution  to  the  Fourth  Industrial  Revolution.  We will have to prepare ourselves to keep pace with the rest of the world. Otherwise, our future will be at stake.”

About the quality of education, he said Bangladesh achieved a great success in enrolling students both at primary and secondary levels maintaining gender parity. “Now, the main challenge for us is to improve the quality of education and expand primary education,” the minister added. 

Kamal said various measures including nationalization of 26,193 private  primary  schools,  enactment  of  the  Non-Formal  Education Act, distribution  of  stipends  through  mobile  banking,  improvement  of infrastructures  in  the  newly  nationalized  and  existing  primary  schools, distribution  of  free  text  books,  supplying  computers  and  multimedia  to schools, and improvement of various education related infrastructures have  been  adopted  to  ensure  quality  and universal primary education.

He stated that 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.        

Kamal also said that a  total  of  2  lakh  67  thousand  secondary  school  teachers  have already been provided with trainings during the last two fiscal years, and 1 lakh  3  thousand  secondary  school  teachers  and  3  lakh  13  thousand  ICT teachers will be given trainings in the current fiscal year.

He said an annual increment  of  5  percent  on  the  basic  salary  is  being  provided  from  July 2018  to  teachers and employees  of  MPO-enlisted  non-government  schools. Besides, a Baishakhi Bonus amounting to 20 percent of the basic salary is being provided from the FY2018-19.

The minister said from  FY2018-19,  special  grants  for  academic  institutions, teachers  and  students  are  being  provided  through  the  online  system,  and payments are made through mobile bank.

About the technical education, he said steps   have   been   taken   to   expand   technical   and   vocational education   to   meet   the   growing   demand   for   technical   manpower while the government has also undertaken measures to diversify the technical and vocational education programmes.

The finance minister said construction of technical schools in 100 upazilas at a cost of Tk. 2, 281.69 crore in the preliminary phase is underway with a view to establishing one technical school at each upazila to create  skilled  manpower  in  Bangladesh.

The government has taken numerous steps for the development and modernization of madrasa education. Free text books are   being   distributed   at   Dakhil   and   Ebtedaayee   levels   to   remove discrimination in education.  A total of 1,800 new madrasas are being established in the country, he added.