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PM: Scheme soon to bring schools under MPO

  • Published at 11:33 pm July 4th, 2018
  • Last updated at 12:13 pm July 5th, 2018
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Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, also the leader of the House takes part in the Q&A session in the parliament on Wednesday; July 4, 2018 Focus Bangla

Sheikh Hasina said two committees have already been formed to receive and manage online applications as well as scrutinize the institutions, in line with the rules, to this end.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, on Wednesday, told parliament that the government will soon implement a scheme to bring educational institutions under the monthly pay order (MPO) as per a recently- formulated policy.

"The Non-government Educational Institutions' (School and College) Manpower Organogram and MPO Policy, 2018 has been issued with to the aim of enlisting the remaining non-governmental educational institutions under the MPO—according to specific policies. A scheme will soon be implemented about the MPO enlistment issue as per the policy," she said during the question and answer session at the parliament.

The prime minister disclosed this when replying to a question from Jatiya Party MP Fakhrul Imam (Mymensingh 8).

Sheikh Hasina said two committees have already been formed to receive and manage online applications as well as scrutinize the institutions, in line with the rules, to this end.

She said the Awami League government, since assuming power, has brought some 1,624 non-governmental institutions under the MPO scheme to improve the quality of education.

Fakhrul Imam had wanted to know what measures the government has taken to develop education.

In response, the prime minister provided a detailed answer focusing on the government measures taken to develop pre-primary, primary, secondary, technical, vocational, madrasa, and higher education.


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She said the present government has brought a total of 137,546 teachers and staff of non-governmental secondary schools, colleges, and madrasas under the MPO scheme since 2009.

“Now, there is no village in the country without a primary school,” she said, adding that the government has set up 1,125 primary schools in villages across the country.

Sheikh Hasina said the Awami League government has appointed a total of 165,225 assistant teachers and 4,400 headmasters to primary schools since 2009. "A process to recruit 10,000 more assistant teachers is ongoing," she claimed.

She said the net enrolment rate (NER) in primary education has reached 97.97% in 2018—and it stood at 90.9% in 2006.

The prime minister said the dropout rate at the primary level reduced to 18.08% in 2018 from 50.5% in 2006.

Focusing on higher education, she said the government has established eight public universities and gave permission to set up 52 private universities in the country, since 2009, to improve higher education.

She added that there are ongoing government initiatives to establish seven more universities.

The government enacted the Accreditation Council Act2017 under the Private University Act, 2010 to improve the quality of the country's higher education, she said, adding that Cross Border Higher Education (CBHE) Rules have also been formulated.

A Creative Talent Search Policy has also been framed to identify meritorious students at the  grassroots level.