Stipends Creating Disparity in Schools

The dropout rate of girls from schools is still higher than that of boys. However, the dropout rate of boys at the secondary level has increased to 36% in 2018 from 34.9% in 2012. Director of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) Professor Mohammad Shamsul Huda said that the reason behind increasing dropout of boys is because of the disparity in stipends distribution. Last year stipends were received by 30% girls but only 10% boys.

Stipends are necessary for all students who come from low-income backgrounds. Boys drop out at the secondary school level so that they can earn money by working on crop fields and tea gardens. The data was received from “Bangladesh Education Statistics-2018”, which was prepared by the Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (Banbeis).

Source: The Daily Star

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