As part of its increasing development focus on lagging areas, the government is going to improve infrastructure of 25 educational institutions in haor areas under Kishorganj district.
The Education Ministry has proposed a Tk-401 crore project to the Planning Commission styled: Development of Selected Educational Institutions in Haor Areas under Kishorganj District.Under the scheme, academic and residential buildings of eight government and 17 non-government schools in Astagram, Itna, Mithamain, and Nikli upazillas in Kishorganj district will be built.
Once implemented, the project is expected to create scope of more student enrolment alongside creating enabling environment in school campuses, improve quality of education and enhance human skills.
“The project has proposed to basically improve school infrastructure. This will immensely contribute to removing regional disparity,” said a Planning Commission high-up.
The largest haor in Kishorganj is spread over 9,90,396 hectares of land in Astagram, Itna, Mithamain, and Nikli upazillas. A lot of people living in the areas are lagging behind.
The general literacy rate in the country is 71 percent, but the rate is 37.4 percent in seven unions of Astagram, 24.8 percent in eight unions of Itna, 31.9 percent in eight union of Mithamain and 29.9 percent eight unions of Nikli.
According to the Education Ministry, the low literacy rate is mainly caused by the dearth in low educational facility.There are 47 schools and colleges in the four upazilas of which nearly 50 percent are under the said project.
Moreover, two schemes are now running to construct the four-storey academic buildings or upward expansion of existing buildings in 6,250 non-government schools. A total of 10 non-government schools that have been proposed to be included in the new projects are also included in the two ongoing projects.
Under the new scheme, hostels will be built in nine educational institutes and four two-storey residential buildings for college principals, and four one-storey residential buildings for school headmasters will be constructed.
In addition, furniture and equipment will be supplied to academic buildings, hostels, science laboratory, library and ICT labs.
The project will be placed soon at the ECNEC meeting for approval. Once approved, the Education Engineering Department will implement the project by December 2021.