An education advocacy and campaign network yesterday demanded increased allocation for education sector in the upcoming budget as part of two/three-year-long Covid-19 response and recovery plan for the sector.
Campaign For Popular Education (CAMPE), in a memorandum submitted to finance minister AHM Mustafa Kamal, also demanded increased allocation for providing stimulus packages for teachers and ensuring their salaries.
The education rights organisation demanded at least 15 percent of allocation of the budget for the education sector, to continue the success in the sector and curb any kind of "catastrophic" situation.
CAMPE deputy director KM Enamul Hoque said that they submitted the memorandum through email.
In the memorandum, CAMPE also demanded transparency, accountability and proper use of money while expending the allocated money.
It said a special two- or three-year recovery plan is needed to overcome the ongoing coronavirus situation. In that special recovery plan, emphasis should be given on special kind of teaching in classrooms.
It said that there should be focus on helping students return to their classrooms, reducing "unnecessary exams" and revising the academic calendar.
CAMPE welcomed the government's TV education initiative, although "many students still remain out of coverage of such education," they said.
It demanded allocation for uninterrupted internet service at all education institutions, as "the future of education will be ICT-dependent".
It also called for increased allocation to expand stipends and school meal programme for students, and sought special consideration from all regarding education of all students, especially of disabled, indigenous or ethnic minority groups, and for those in hard-to-reach areas like chars and haors, coastal belts, slums in urban areas and rural poor.