Campaign for Popular Education (CAMPE) called for announcement of a ‘comprehensive stimulus package’ for education sector for addressing and mitigating the adverse impact of Covid-19 pandemic.
CAMPE also placed 17-point recommends including allocation of 20 percent of the national budget for the education sector.It also called for investing for proper use of the allocation along with strictly monitoring.
Rasheda K Choudhury, executive director of the CAMPE, on Monday submitted a proposal carrying the 17-point recommendations to the Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal ahead of the upcoming budget 2021-22.
CAMPE suggested for providing Tk 250 monthly stipend to each student of pre-primary to higher secondary-level institutions to prevent dropout.
There is need announcement of special stimulus package for the teachers of Non-MPO educational institutions and the teachers of MPO-listed institutions who are out of MPO facilities amid the pandemic.
CAMPE recommended for providing ICT device to student of mainstream all educational institutions with a view to build up internet-based skilled human resources.
It also sought allocation for ensuring high-speed internet connection at all educational institutions immediately and providing data pack for students at free of cost or nominal price for carrying out their alternative education.There is need enough allocation for free of cost school feeding programme at all mainstream schools form primary to secondary level to ensure food and nutrition of the students under the social safety net programme. The organisations also urged for giving special allocation in the upcoming budget considering special needs of the students of Char-Hawor and costal area.
CAMPE also sought huge investment for technical and vocational education considering the job market in home and abroad alongside giving enough allocation for the development of technical and vocational education.
It also suggested the authorities concerned to increase budget for digitalisation of the teaching-learning process including teachers' capacity development and inter-ministerial cooperation.