THE government of Bangladesh has been providing stipends to meritorious students for brilliant results in examinations of PSC, JSC, SSC, HSC etc.; to support them financially. In recent years the number of stipends against PSC and JSC examinations has been increased in view of manifold increase in the number of students. The stipends are allocated on the basis of number of students in each upazila to ensure equitable distribution of stipends across the country. Undoubtedly, these stipends encourage recipient students to concentrate on their studies more.
Each SSC passed student under talent pool gets Tk 600 per month while those receiving general category of stipend get Tk 350 per head per month for two years. In addition, each stipend recipient gets an additional amount of Tk 300 each per year to purchase educational accessories. The amount given as scholarship is really inadequate considering the present level of commodity prices in the market. To make the stipend meaningful, the value of scholarship per month should be raised to at least Tk 1,000 for talent pool and Tk 800 for others and the allowance for purchasing educational accessories to Tk1,000 per year per head. The number of stipends for SSC and HSC examinations is very insignificant compared to the number of students and should be increased to four times the present number.
In our country the government spends very little on education compared to other nations. The expenditure on education is regarded as an investment all over the world. So the suggested enhancement should not be seen as a burden and I strongly believe that the suggested amount is fairly affordable for the government.
Md. Ashraf Hossain
8/A Ramna, Dhaka-1000.
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