25 lakh students adding under Distance Education
Published: 11:05 AM, 2 October 2020 Updated: 11:48 AM, 2 October 2020
The government is going to add 25 lakh students from pre-primary to tenth-grade under Distance Education.
The project has been undertaken to overcome the situation caused by the pandemic coronavirus or Covid-19.
It is learned that the total expenditure of the project of the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education has been estimated at Tk 128.40 crore. Of this – the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), an affiliate of the World Bank, will provide a grant of Tk 126,53,50,000 and the rest of the money will be spent from the government treasury.
The project named ‘Bangladesh Covid-19 School Sector Response’ will be implemented from the current time until June 2022. Meanwhile, the ministry has sent the project proposal to the planning commission.
According to the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, under this project, digital content on 35 subjects will be created and a total of 25 lakh students from pre-primary to tenth-grade will be imparted education through distance education. Besides, thematic digital content will be made conscious and pressed through this project.
In this regard, Abul Kalam Azad, Member (Secretary) of the Planning Commission’s Socio-Economic Infrastructure Division, said, “We are not safe until the vaccine arrives. This is why the project has been proposed. A meeting has already been held. Relevant departments including ICT have been asked to coordinate with this project.”
Every school in the village will have internet. There will be a net connection when buying a mobile phone, he also said. “But the net speed is still weak. It is being monitored in more detail. We will approve the project after seeing all the issues clearly.”
A senior official of the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education said the project is being undertaken to compensate for the loss in the education sector during the Covid-19 period. The proposed project calls for re-admission activities with stipends. Separate content will be created for secondary level students.
Due to the epidemic, the educational activities of 3.86 crore students have been stopped. All schools across the country have been closed since March 17 this year.