The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved a total of 14 projects involving Tk18,482.92 crore.
The approval was made at the 15th Ecnec meeting of the current fiscal year held at the NEC conference room in Dhaka’s Sher-E-Bangla Nagar with the committee’s Chairperson and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal said: "Of the total project cost, Tk16,370.81 crore will come from the government, Tk95 crore from the respective organisation's own fund while the rest of Tk 2,017.11 crore from project assistance.”
Of the projects, nine are new and five are revised projects.
The planning minister said the Education Engineering Department (EED) of the Secondary and Higher Education Division would implement a project titled 'Development of Selected Private Secondary Schools' by June 2020 with Tk10,649.05 crore.
He said the project will ensure development of infrastructures of 3,000 dilapidated private secondary schools.
According to a 2014 report of Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS), the number of students at the secondary level is 91,60,365. These students are studying at 327 government secondary schools alongside 19,357 private ones.
Under the project, there will be construction of academic as well as other necessary buildings in these 3,000 selected schools across the country alongside ensuring supply of necessary furniture to the educational institutions.
The other projects Ecnec approved on Tuesday include 'Emergency 2007 Cyclone Recovery and Rehabilitation Project (ECRRP): LGED Part' with the cost of Tk1,618.10 crore; ‘Construction of Flood Shelter Centres at Flood and River Erosion-prone Area (3rd phase)’ with the cost of Tk1,507.43 crore; and ‘Greater Chittagong Rural Infrastructure Development Project-3’ with the estimated cost of Tk1,290 crore.