Educational institutions will reopen on May 23 as per the previous decision if the country’s coronavirus situation improves, and those have been asked to take measures accordingly.
Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Division of Education Ministry Md Mahbub Hossain came up with the information while speaking at a virtual discussion on Thursday. Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) organised the discussion on budget allocation for the education sector.Mahbub Hossain said, “We’ve started broadcasting lessons online and on television and radio to continue the educational activities amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Besides, assignment tasks are being provided for students at the secondary level to keep them in study.”
The allocation for education will be increased in the next national budget to recoup the losses caused due to the Covid-19 pandemic, he said, adding that the Finance Ministry has assured them that education will be given the highest priority in the budget.
The problem will not be resolved only by increasing the size of the budget, but it requires planning, ability and experience for proper use, the secretary said.
CAMPE Executive Director Rasheda K Choudhury moderated the session where Planning Minister MA Mannan was present as the chief guest.
Chairman of Palli Karma-Sahayak Foundation (PKSF) Dr Qazi Kholiquzzaman Ahmad and Principal Quazi Faruque also spoke at the event.
Speakers at the dissuasion urged the government to allocate 20 per cent of the total budget to make up pandemic-induced losses of the education sector.They also urged government to increase the budgetary allocations for stipends for students, school feeding programme, free internet facilities and ensuring uninterrupted supply of electricity.