Quality assessment of the non-government educational institutions under the government’s monthly payment order system should be carried out immediately, observed education minister Dipu Moni.
Taking part in cut motion on allocation of fund under the Appropriation Bill of 2019-20 fiscal, the education minister said that evaluation of the institutions was important to ensure quality education.
She also accused the Bangladesh Nationalist Party-led government of committing irregularities in inclusion of institutions in MPO scheme.
Dipu Moni came up with the remark as 10 parliament members from BNP and Jatiya Party protested at her demand for allocation of Tk 29,624.9 crore for education ministry for 2019-20 fiscal.
‘BNP and Jatiya Party were in power for long time. We observed misuse of power during their regimes. We were aware about the allocation, quality of education and quality of educational institutions at that time,’ Dipu Moni replied to the protesting lawmakers.
During BNP’s regime, many educational institutions were included in the MPO list, she added.
‘The government feels the necessity of re-examining the quality of the educational institutions which were included in the MPO list during that regimes,’ the education minister said.
In 2010, the Awami League-led government included 1,624 education institutions to the MPO scheme; but no new institution got the benefit since then.
There are 5,242 educational institutions out of MPO scheme, while around 80,000 teachers are working without pay, some for over a decade — according to Non-MPO Educational Institution Teachers and Employees’ Federation.
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