Govt. ensures 99.47 percent school enrolment of children: PM

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Govt. ensures 99.47 percent school enrolment of children: PM

SANGSAD BHABAN, Nov 30 (BSS)-Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today told the House that 99.47 percent children are now going to schools as her government has taken various steps to ensure enrolment in educational institutions.

The Leader of the House made the remark replying to a question from treasury bench member Nasimul Alam Chowdhury during her question-answer session.

The Prime Minister said the present government has set up ‘Ananda Schools’ in 90 underdeveloped and small ethnic minority dominated upazilas at a cost of Tk 684.32 crore that has created scope for education of 0.75 million children of 7-18 age group.

“The government has also taken steps to set up 1,500 primary schools in villages where there are no schools,” she said adding that steps have already been taken to supply computers with Internet connection to 1,109 field-level offices of primary education to achieve the Vision-2021.

She said the government has reconstructed 3,143 primary school buildings and expanded 1,292 more at a cost of Tk 1000 crore. Besides, the government has constructed14,836 additional class rooms, 10 primary schools with student-hostel facilities in remote hill tracts, 375 primary schools cum cyclone shelters and 45 new resource centers, she said.

The government has renovated 93 resource centers, six upazila education offices and six primary training institutes (PTI) at a cost of Tk 1, 293 crore, she added.

The Prime Minister told the Jatiya Sangsad that the government has also set up ICT labs at 49 PTIs and provided four laptops and four multimedia to each of 55 PTIs. Laptops, multimedia and modems were also provided to 503 model government primary schools, she added.

The government has been providing 50,000 non-reflective boards and 5000 digital pianos with the assistance of Boo young, a Korean company, for encouraging cultural activities at primary school level, said the Prime Minister.

Besides, the government has been distributing biscuit among 20 lakh children in 96 upazilas, she said, adding that the number of students enjoying government stipend facilities increased to 78 lakh from 48 lakh.

The government has also distributed 1046,527 school bags and other education accessories, including pencil and books, among 1,66,150 working children of 6,646 schools in urban areas.

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