'73pc stipends deplete at school levels'
Around 73 per cent stipends have decreased in the country's primary and higher secondary schools, according to a Save the Children report.
The research report also suggests that the number of drop-out students from both government institutions will increase because of decreasing stipends.
The fact was reveled at a seminar under the banner "Child Budget 2017-18 Towards the Realization of Child Rights in Bangladesh" organized by Save the Children at CIRDAP International Conference Centre.
Md. Ashik Iqbal, , Deputy Director of Save the Children presented the concept paper titled Child Budget 2017-18: Commitments and Worries.
Reading out the concept paper, he noted that the child budget amounting to some Tk. 56 thousand crore was distributed to 13 ministries separately in the fiscal year of 2017-18.
"Over all the budget for children has increased but the allocation in the education sector has decreased. This reduction in education sector will negatively impact the lives of rural children," he said.
However, the increased allocation of funds in the health sector for the children is good.
Emphasizing on increased funds allocation in the health and education sectors, he also noted that about 20 per cent allocation for health and 25 per cent for education sector should be distributed in the upcoming budget 2017-18.
Talking to the Daily Observer about the negative effects of decreasing budget from the education sector's school levels, he said that it will be difficult to keep rural students in the school in the future due to lack of government incentives.