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Children for 20% allocation to education in next budget

  • Published at 11:55 pm May 23rd, 2019
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Pre-budget discussion between NCTF and the Finance Ministry Dhaka Tribune

In fiscal year 2018-19, the education sector got Tk53,054 crore which is about 2% of the GDP and 11.41% of the total budget

National Children's Task Force Children (NCTF), in a pre-budget discussion with the Finance Ministry, has demanded 20% allocation for education in the upcoming budget. 

Some 26 children - members of the NCTF - participated at the discussion program on behalf of the children across Bangladesh. 

The participants placed 22 recommendations in five categories – education, health, social security, recreation opportunities, and child budget – that been listed through several view exchange meetings with some 3,626 children since the beginning of the year.

NCTF listed the demands and recommendations with the assistance from Save the Children and Plan International.  

The program was organized by the Finance Ministry at the Secretariat of the Ministry of Finance.

Additional Secretary Begum Rubina Amin, Additional Secretary Habibur Rahman, Deputy Secretary Khurshid Alam, and director of child rights governance and child protection sector of Save the Children Abdullah Al Mamun were among others present at the meeting. 

During their discussion, children said education is the most important of the basic rights, and therefore demanded highest allocation to the sector.

In fiscal year 2018-19, the education sector got Tk53,054 crore, which is about 2%of the GDP and 11.41%of the total budget.

The children also placed specific demands and recommendations for the upcoming budget. They demanded social security, pointing out the recent incidents of children’s rights violations across Bangladesh. 

They handed over the recommendations to the additional secretaries at the end of the discussion program. 

Additional Secretary Habibur Rahman assured the children that the government would consider these demands and recommendations for the upcoming budget.