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Govt inks US$ 510m deal with WB to improve secondary education

Published on: 7:45 pm - Monday | August 13, 2018

The government of Bangladesh today signed a US$ 510 million financing agreement with the World Bank to enhance the quality and effectiveness of secondary education system in the country.

This will benefit 13 million students studying in Grades 6-12. The agreement was signed by Economic Relations Division (ERD) Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam and World Bank Acting Country Director Rajashree Paralkar on behalf of their respective sides at the ERD in the city’s Sher-e-Bangla
Nagar area.

The credit from the World Bank’s International Development Association,
which provides grants or zero-interest loans, has a 38-year term, including a
six-year grace period, and a service charge of 0.75 percent.

The Transforming Secondary Education for Results (TSER) programme will
support the government’s ‘Secondary Education Development Programme (SEDP)’.

It will focus on improving education quality and access, and help students – especially girls and children from low-income households – complete secondary education.

After signing of the agreement, ERD Secretary Kazi Shofiqul Azam said:
“The 7th Five-Year Plan recognises secondary education as a critical
education cycle to equip the youth with foundational skills to enhance work
productivity and learn new technologies”.

He said this financing will contribute to the government’s nation-wide
‘Secondary Education Development Programme,’ and help ensure that the future
generation is equipped with the right skills needed for a growing economy.

The ERD Secretary said the partnership with the World Bank was very
productive and effective last year saying, “We hope this year will also pass
in the same manner”.

Rajashree said Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in advancing
education while investing in secondary education is vital to unveil the true
potentials. “Bangladesh has made remarkable progress in advancing access to
education, and has achieved gender parity in secondary education.”

“Continuing to invest in quality education is critical for Bangladesh to
achieve its vision of becoming a middle-income country. For this, the program will support modernisation of curriculum and ensure professional development, management, and accountability of teachers.” she added.

The programme will provide training to 500,000 school teachers and school
principals to enhance quality of secondary education. It will also support
learning assessments of students in grade 6, 8 and 10 to identify learning
gap and suggest policy actions.

The Global Financing Facility (GFF) will provide a US$ 10 million grant,
which is aimed at improving adolescent health and school retention. The
programme will construct separate toilets for girls. In addition, the
programme will also support incorporating topics on general health and
hygiene in the curriculum.




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