The government will disburse stipend to students in primary schools through mobile banking services across the country from the next month.
“The number of stipend recipients stood at 1.30 lakh across the country and the stipend will be sent to their mothers’ mobile accounts directly,” Akram-Al-Hossain, additional secretary of primary and mass education ministry, told The Daily Star.
Of the 1.30 lakh recipients, around 90 lakh mothers have already completed their registration, Hossain said.
On September last year, Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, Rupali Bank and Teletalk signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to the disbursement of the primary stipend through mobile banking.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina will inaugurate the disbursement of the stipend through mobile banking services in a formal programme likely to be held on March 1, Hossain said.
He also described mother of a student as first teacher and said quality education is possible to be ensured if the mothers and teachers play their role collectively.
Under this MoU, government will use Rupali Bank's SureCash mobile banking service to disburse stipends to mothers all over the country and Teletalk will provide free SIM cards & 20 taka talk-time to the mothers.