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‘Deserving students should get financial aid’

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Live Correspondent: Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday stressed on the importance of providing stipends and the money of e

PM Hasina said, “The government puts the highest importance on educducation allowance to deserving students.ation.”

She was presiding over the 4th meeting of the ‘advisory committee’ of Prime Minister’s Education Assistance Trust Fund at her office.

Sheikh Hasina said following Bangabandhu’s footprint, the government also gave top priority to education and nationalised over 26,000 primary schools.

Hasina said the government is providing free textbooks to the students up to secondary level on the first day of each academic year and giving scholarships and stipends to about 1.7 crore students to help continue their education.

The government distributed Tk 2466, 46, 01, 128 crore among 1, 66, 45, 777 students during 2015-2016 financial year, she said.

To encourage parents to send their children to school, Hasina said, her government during its 1996 tenure introduced education allowance for the poor parents and stipends for the children which are being sent to the account numbers of the mothers of the respective students.

This initiative helped increase enrollment in schools and reduced the dropout rate, she added.

The government lays emphasis on science and computer-based education and waived duties and taxes on the import of computers and its accessories, she added.

Multimedia classrooms have been introduced in 23,500 schools and computer labs were established in different schools across the country, she further added.

The government has established residential schools and colleges in the remote areas like the hilly and haor areas so that the students can attend the classes regularly, she said.

Dhaka, 23 April, (campuslive24.com) //AM


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