Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni said on Wednesday the budget allocation for education sector should be increased to face the challenges of fourth industrial revolution and turn the challenges into possibilities.
“We shall have to increase budget allocation for education sector to reduce the rate of school dropouts and ensure quality education for students across the country,” she saidDipu Moni was speaking at a seminar titled “Upcoming Budget and Education Sector: Our Expectations,’ organised by the Movement for World Education Rights at Jatiya Press Club in the capital.
She said, “The government did not neglect education sector in earlier budgets. Education sector is getting budget allocation of around two percent of GDP every year.”
Mentioning the reason for increase in budget allocation, she said, “Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman in the 1970 Awami League election manifesto mentioned that at least four percent of GDP should allocate for education sector while many other countries are allocating over 4 percent of their GDP in education.”
“We are hopeful that education sector will get necessary allocation in the upcoming budget as the incumbent government is education-friendly. AL also mentioned in its election manifest to ensure quality education,” she added.
Former adviser to the caretaker government Rasheda K Chowdhury said, “The budgetary allocation will have to be increased to ensure quality education in the country, but a strict monitoring is needed to implement the budget.”
Former vice-chancellor of Dhaka University Prof AAMS Arefin Siddique presided over the seminar while Dr SM Dilwar Rana and Faruk Ahmed Arif spoke, among others.