12.76 lakh students get sub-stipend in Rajshahi division


RAJSHAHI, July 10, 2018 (BSS)- A total of 12,76,484 primary school students
received sub-stipend worth around Taka 64.56 crore during last 2016-17 fiscal
year in all eight districts under Rajshahi division.

The students are also enjoying the similar sub-stipend facilities at
present. Since July last year, students of all primary schools located in
city corporation and municipality areas have been brought under the sub-
stipend facilities for the first time.

Students from one-child families get monthly Taka 100, two-child families
Taka 200, three-child families Taka 250 and four-child families Taka 300.

Abul Kalam Azad, divisional deputy director-in-charge of Department of
Primary Education (DPE), said the stipend money is now being disbursed
through mobile banking.

Ayub Ali, headmaster of Ghoramara Government Primary School, said the sub-
stipend is being adjudged as vital means of proper and effective
implementation of teaching learning activities through students’ enrolment in
school, regular attendance and prevention of dropout.

Under the Reaching out School Children (ROSC) Project, 21,955 students
coming from underprivileged and extreme poor families in 13 upazilas under
five districts in the division are getting special allowance for continuing
their institutional learning.

Another 1,513 students of 13 slums in Rajshahi City Corporation area are
also getting the facilities. Under the project, students from class one to
three get monthly Taka 100 while students from class four to five Taka 120 as
education allowance.

Besides, students from class one to four get Taka 400 and students of class
five get Taka 500 for school dress. Apart from this, they are also getting
Taka 400 annually for purchasing education appliances and inputs.

Students with special needs get their need-based assistive device like
spectacle, hearing aid and wheelchair.

Taka 50,000 are allocated for each of the upazila. Taka 34 lakh were given
allocation for 68 upazilas in Rajshahi division for the purpose every year.

All students in school feeding included upazilas are being provided with a
packet of 75 grams nutritious biscuit in order to eradicating their protein

Around 84,000 students in Porsha, Bera and Chowhali upazilas under Naogaon,
Pabna and Sirajganj districts respectively are getting the special food
privilege at present.

With local initiative, students of 16 primary schools are fed cooked food.
Besides, students of all 8,638 schools in the division have their lunch at a
time with supplying food in Tiffin box by their respective guardians.

The initiative plays a supportive role in improving standard of education
side by side with preventing dropout. The students are also getting the scope
of receiving education in an amusement atmosphere.

Pre-primary class has been launched in all schools of the division for the
under six babies. Each of the schools is given Taka 5,000 annually to
facilitate babies to flourish their latent talents coupled with their
physical and mental development.

Around Taka 4.32 crore were given allocation in the division for
decorating and enriching the classrooms with wall painting, toys and other
game materials and sleeper mat.

The DPE has also been implementing various infrastructure development
projects worth around Taka 540.20 crore in the division during the last nine

Four of the major projects were implemented at an estimated cost of Taka
414.37 crore during the first five-year term. Implementation of four others
projects are ongoing at a cost of Taka 125.83 crore.

Abul Kalam said 1,273 primary schools were either constructed or
reconstructed while 803 others repaired and renovated at a cost of Taka
402.45 crore till June last.