Dhaka – The Executive Committee of the National Economic Council has approved 845.42 crore taka to set up ICT training and resource centres at 160 more sub-districts across Bangladesh.
The approval came along with some other development projects at the weekly meeting of the council headed by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at the NEC building on Tuesday.
Planning Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal that Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS) under the Secondary and Higher Education Division will implement the project by June 2020.
The main objective of the project, he said, is to set up ICT training and resource centers with all necessary facilities to impart training to the teachers of the secondary level educational institutions on ICT.
The government will provide 252.46 crore taka for the project while the rest of the money will come from Economic Development Cooperation Fund of South Korea.
The Korean fund will be available as soft-term loan bearing 0.1 percent interest rate. The money will be repaid in 40 years with a 15-year grace period.
A total of 160 ICT Resource and Training Centers will be established in 125 upazilas across Bangladesh under the project, the minister said.
The meeting approved 13 projects involving an overall estimated cost of Taka 12,415.79 crore including one project to ensure infrastructural development of some 3,250 private secondary schools across the country.
The education project would cost 5,237.38 crore taka.
“Of the total project cost, Taka 11,822.82 crore will come from the state exchequer while the rest of Taka 592.97 crore from project assistance,” the minister said.
There are currently some 327 government secondary schools alongside 19,357 private secondary schools in the country having some 9,160,365 students.
Under the project titled “Upward extension of selected private secondary schools”, there will be upward extension of academic buildings of some 3,250 private secondary schools as well as supply of necessary furniture in those schools, he said.