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Financial aid, alternative learning options needed to reduce dropping out of school for children in slums: a study


Good governance, transparency in the distribution of financial aid based on needs and alternative learning opportunities should be of the utmost importance to reduce the dropout rate and ensure better education for students in schools in the United States. slums – especially at the secondary level, recommended a study by Plan International Bangladesh.

The results of the study – focused on reducing early school leaving in Bangladesh’s urban slums in the post-Covid-19 period – were presented on Wednesday, a press release said.

The study suggested that now that schools have reopened, financial and other supports are needed for students to continue their education.

The study, conducted with support from the Research and Development Collective (RDC), interviewed more than 40 schools and some 673 student households in Dhaka South City Corporation from December 2020 to March 2021.

The survey showed that school stakeholders (parents, teachers and other concerned individuals or organizations) believe that it is the responsibility of students and parents to take care of the education of students and that teachers and parents must work together to ensure the students are studying properly.

However, some stakeholders felt that they had no proactive role to play in dealing with the growing number of dropouts.

The survey also found that while all participating schools had school management committees (SMCs), only 27.5% have a parent-teacher association (PTA) and around 52% have school cabinets. But, the role of the PTA in schools was very limited in matters of student education and the SMCs usually take care of most school affairs.

Professor Syed Md Golam Faruk, Director General of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE), was present at the results sharing event as the main guest. He said that although last year the pandemic took the country’s education system by surprise, the authorities are working to strengthen their mechanism to better cope with such situations in the future.

Ashik Billah, head of the Central and North region of Plan International Bangladesh, said education officials, teachers and the school management committee should discuss school management, challenges and the way forward at least once every three months.

“Tuition fees should be exempt for students from urban slums, rural areas, especially those from families in financial crisis, as their income has been called into question due to the Covid-19 pandemic”, he added.

Wahida Banu, Executive Director, Aparajeyo Bangladesh and Dr Syeda Tahmina Akhter, Professor, IER, University of Dhaka, were on occasion as special guests.

Nishat Nazmi, Education Officer of Unicef ​​Bangladesh and Abu Taher, Executive Director of Surovi spoke as panelists at the event moderated by Manik Kumar Saha, Project Manager, Plan International Bangladesh.