Primary education for children remains costly for the parents

Although primary education has been made free in Bangladesh, indirect education expenses remains significant. From a survey on students, teachers, parents and school committees covering 55 government and newly nationalized government schools across the country, IID-ActionAid study finds that parents still need to spend over 9000 Taka per month on primary education of one child, almost 98 per cent of which is indirect in nature.

The study also found that lack of infrastructure like roof condition, usable and unlocked toilets, school boundary, insufficient sitting arrangements etc. remains in the way of ensuring children rights to safe and appropriate education. Distance of schools from home was mentioned by the students to be a major obstacle for children in getting to schools.

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