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Call for introducing education cess to overcome resource constraints

DHAKA, Dec 28, 2016 (BSS) - Education activists at a meeting here today called for introducing education cess to overcome resource constraints in the education sector.

The country needs to introduce education cess as the government cannot alone afford different progrommes of promoting education, they told the meeting "Reaching Education 2030: 7th Five year Plan Beyond" at the CIRDAP auditorium.

State Minister for Finance and Planning MA Mannan, member of Planning Commission Dr Shamsul Alam, former advisor to the caretaker government Dr Hossain Zillur Rahman, convener of Citizen's Platform for SDGs, Bangladesh Dr Debapriya Bhattacharya and secretary of the Education Ministry Chowdhury Mufad Ahmed and executive director of CAMPE Rasheda K Choudhury, among others, addressed the meeting.

Professor Emeritus of BRAC University Dr Manzoor Ahmed presented the

keynote paper at the meeting.

Mannan said a good progress has been made in the education sector as the government is implementing massive programmes for the expansion of education across the country.

He said students' enrolment at the primary level and secondary levels has increased significantly since 2009 because the government's programme on distributing free textbooks and providing stipends.

Despite having resource constraints, huge infrastructural development also has been made in the education sector, he added.

Dr Debapriya said the education sector gets less than two percent budgetary allocation of total GDP, which is the lowest allocation compared to other Asian countries.

The aim of the Sustainable Development (SDG) is to make pro-life education through providing quality education, he added.

Dr Debapriya urged the government to impose education cess for wealthy people to overcome resource constraints, which will help cover cost of programmes on education.

Other speakers urged the government to take steps for introduction of education cess and imposing tax incentive to bring children of poor families into schools.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)