Mega education project okayed
The government has approved a Tk 22,196-crore Third Primary Education Development Programme (PEDP-3), the biggest ever project in the education sector.
In the five-year long programme, the local fund expenditure is Tk 18,808 crore or 85 percent of the total project cost while the rest amount comes as project aid.
The Executive Committee on National Economic Council (Ecnec) meeting chaired by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina approved the allocation yesterday.
It also approved three more projects worth Tk 1,411 crore.
Planning Division Secretary Monzur Hossain told reporters after the meeting that PEDP-3 is the biggest ever project in the education sector.
Under the programme, various educational infrastructures will be built, new teachers will be appointed and school-feeding programme will be continued, the secretary said.
An official at the Directorate of Primary Education said, 47,672 new assistant teachers will be appointed, 31,685 more class rooms will be built and 2,709 new schools will be set up under the project.
Besides, 1,28,955 new toilets and 39,300 new tube-wells will be set up in schools, and each primary school will get a laptop computer, the official added.
The tenure of the PEDP-2, which was undertaken in July 2003, expired in June this year. The allocation for the PEDP-2 was Tk 7,499 crore of which 67 percent came as project aid.
The size of the PEDP-3 is 196 percent bigger than the second programme.
The working paper of the PEDP-3 said the government is going to start the project without evaluating the second programme.
If the Imple-mentation, Monitoring, and Evaluation Division (IMED) had completed their evaluation of the PEDP-2, its experience could have been used for the third programme, the working paper added.
Yesterday's meeting of Ecnec also approved a Tk 1,305-crore Urban Area Development Project, a Tk 27-crore Solar Panel-run Irrigation Pump and Solar Home System Project and a Tk 79-crore NBR Automation Project.
The meeting also discussed the investigation reports on irregularities in three projects of communications and education ministries.
The Planning Division secretary told reporters that the reports did not find any financial irregularity in the projects. But some rules were flouted, he added.