Thursday, November 14, 2019 | ePaper

Govt needs investment in skill developing education

  • Print
LATEST statistics show female secondary students outnumber their male counterparts in 63 of the 64 districts. At this level, the female-male ratio is 54:46. According to UN and BANBEIS reports, the girl participation rate was 43 per cent in 1999 and 51.61 per cent in 2009. A key reason behind this change is providing stipends aiming to bring more girls to schools and prevent their dropouts. Thirty per cent girls and 20 per cent boys, who are among the poorest, from among all the enrolled students get stipend every month. But female enrolment in Secondary School does not reflect in job participation of women that at the end overemphasizing on girls enrolment marginalized the participation of boys who actively participate in the job market.
Last year, there were 10,475,100 students at the Secondary level. Of them, 5,655,381 (54 percent) were girls. At present, students of class VI and VII get Tk 100, those of class VIII get Tk 120, and those of IX and X get Tk 150 a month under the SESP project. Under the SESIP project, the amount is a little higher. The recipients are not required to pay their monthly tuition fees either.
Interestingly, in districts like Pirojpur, Lakshmipur, Cumilla, Noakhali and Habiganj, the number of girls enrolled in secondary schools is higher than in mega cities like Dhaka and Chattogram where students do not get the stipends. Brahmanbaria and Chandpur have the highest number of girls (59 percent) studying at the Secondary level. Besides, people even in rural areas are now more aware of sending their girl children to schools. There was a time when parents preferred to marry off their girls instead of sending them to schools. There are now more jobs for women due to economic development. Around 18 lakh students, both boys and girls, from 360 upazilas are getting the benefit.
The government is now considering introducing the benefit for girls in urban areas. We don't object about the programme but there is a doubt that it will only raise some certificate-based educated men and women in the long run. The government needs more investment in education basically on skill development to champ economic challenges.

More News For this Category

Free Chattogram Port from corruption

ALLEGATIONS have been raised against a section of Chattogram Port Authority officials for their involvement in various illegal activities, including taking bribes from the port users. They raised the allegations

People need safe and reliable train service

IN Brahmanbaria's Kasba, Dhaka-bound inter-city train Turna Nishita Express by breaching traffic signal hit Chattogram-bound another inter-city train Udayan Express on Tuesday leaving 16 people dead and injured another 70

BRICS

Ma Zhaoxu :The 11th BRICS Summit slated to take place from Nov. 13 to 14 in Brasilia, capital of Brazil, has drawn extensive attention and anticipation from the international community.The

A Verdict

Afsar Ahmad :Has the Supreme Court verdict on the decades-old Ayodhya dispute resolved the vexed issue? Technically, the answer may be yes, but emotionally, that perhaps is not the case.Though

Rehabilitate cyclone-hit people in an emergency basis

CYCLONE Bulbul has affected huge areas of crops and fish farms in the southern coastal districts, according to preliminary reports by the government agencies concerned. The cyclone, which swept over

An innocent`s imprisonment

AFTER 27 days of imprisonment being wrongfully arrested by police, 19-year-old Rajan walked out on Monday. Police arrested Rajan Bhuiyan instead of Habibullah Rajan from the same village Gopalnagar, Brammanpara

Climatic Variability

Shishir Reza :Bangladesh is an agricultural country. Climate change has emerged as a global concern in the past 20 years. One particular worry is the potential disastrous consequence for agriculture

Readers’ Forum

Nutrition and National DevelopmentThere are couples of definitions of malnutrition. The most widely used applied definition of nutrition/malnutrition encompasses three major determinants of nutrition - food, care and health. Nutrition

Ghana files case against Myanmar, Bangladesh can't sit idle

NEWS media on Monday reported that Gambia, which is predominantly a Muslim country, filed a case at the United Nations' top court accusing Myanmar of committing genocide against its Rohingya

Save the Sundarbans, it will protect us

THE Sundarbans, now most neglected world's largest mangrove forest, again has protected the country from the mighty storm 'Bulbul'. Not only the Bangladesh, the Sundarbans this time has also saved