Special fund for drop-outs stressed

Speakers at a webinar stressed the need for the government’s undertaking a special fund for bringing back to schools the poor students who have been dropped due to coronavirus pandemic.

They said this at a virtual discussion meeting on “Education Sector Plan and SDG-4” organized by DARPAN and Gono Saksharata Ovijan, two non government development organisatons, on Monday.

Former adviser to the caretaker government and executive director of Gono Saksharata Ovijan Rasheda K Chowdhury, member of the team for preparing the draft for education plan Khandaker Sakhawat Ali, programme officer of UNESCO Shirin Akter, among others, addressed the programme. 

Educationist Monjur Ahmed presided over the discussion. Dr Zia-Us-Sobur presented the keynote paper. DC of Cumilla Abul Fazal Meer attended the webinar as the chief guest. Project director of DARPAN Basanti Saha delivered the welcome speech.

Education officials concerned, guardians and members of school managing committees from Dhaka, Noakhali, Feni and Lakshmipur attended the webinar.

Speakers said that it would be difficult to keep up the achievement of Bangladesh in education sector as well as to bring back to educational institutions the poor students who have been dropped due to coronavirus pandemic.

Although the government’s initiative of giving school lessons online, it could not cover hundred percent students of the country.

 Especially the rural and underprivileged students remained outside the online teaching, they added.

A large number of poor and underprivileged students have joined various works for making earnings for their families. The government should form a special fund for these students and their families for bringing back them to schools, they opined.