Poor students of higher secondary level across the country will get their stipends and other financial assistance from the government through mobile banking system from now on.
The education ministry, under the Higher Secondary Stipend Project (HSSP), will provide stipend and other assistance through mobile banking to 17.27 lakh poor students of around 7,000 educational institutions. The project began in July 2014 and will continue up to June 2017.
The project goal is to provide a total of Tk 51,275.34 crore in stipends among poor students at higher secondary level. Up to 40 per cent of the total enrolled female students from poor families will be provided stipend and other financial assistances, and maximum 10 per cent of the total enrolled male students from poor families will also get stipend and other financial assistances.
The Agrani Bank Ltd., with the technical support from the Dutch Bangla Bank Ltd, will provide the mobile banking services for the project.
A science student studying in Class-XI will get Tk 175 and students of other groups will get Tk 125 as stipend, Tk 50 as monthly tuition fees in non-government institutions and an additional Tk 700 for purchasing books for science students, and Tk 600 for other group students.
A science student in Class-XII will get Tk 175 and other group student will get Tk 125 as stipend, Tk 50 for tuition fee in non-government institutions, Tk 900 as examination fee for science student and Tk 600 for other group students.
Education Secretary Nazrul Islam Khan inaugurated the stipend distribution programme at the secretariat yesterday and talked to the authorities of the Bianibazar Government Colleges in Sylhet through video conferencing.
Among others, Director General of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Fahima Khatun,
Managing Director of Agrani Bank Ltd Syed Abdul Hamid, Managing Director of Dutch Bangla Bank KS Tabrez were present on the occasion.
While presiding over the programme, project director Shyama Prasad Bepari said the system stipend will increase female participation and support women empowerment in the country.