Skills Development through Stipend

Paving new way for solving the rampant unemployment problem

Providing income generating skills for the higher secondary poor students alongside of stipend Show more

In Bangladesh, the dropout rate in higher secondary education is more than 30 percent, which is significantly higher than the dropout rate in secondary education level. Female dropout is comparatively higher than male counterpart. The main reason for this dropoutispoverty and poverty related factors. Many practical remedial measures have been taken to attract all the students, including female ones to continue their education and be the part of skilled manpower. To keep this objective or goal alive and in action, Higher Secondary Stipend Project (HSSP) under Ministry of Education stranded functioning,providing stipend at the higher secondary and higher education level. Remedial measures have been taken so that the deprived students do not drop out from higher secondary education due to financial insolvency. Under this project, government gives stipend and other financial facilities to 40% of female students and 10% of male students admitted in HSC level. So that the poor students have got the opportunity to continue their education.

Study shows that many higher secondary students drop out before and after completing HSC and they become unemployed due to lack of vocational skills and entrepreneurship training.According to the policy makers and experts, besides taking part in general education, a student can take a market oriented short term vocational and technical training with soft and hard skills inbuilt in the training programme. This programme will decrease dropout rate since students can earn in his student life through self-employment or part time job after completion of the training. Even in the long run the stipend can be provided based on successful completion of vocational training.

The Access to Information (a2i) Programme of Prime Minister’s Office in collaboration withHigher Secondary Stipend Project (HSSP) of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) has taken an initiative to integrate skills development programme with the stipend of higher secondary students as pilot. The objectives of this initiative are:

  • To provide entrepreneurial skills development for the higher secondary students alongside of stipend;
  • To create earning scopes for the higher secondary students alongside their education;
  • To increase the enrollment of female students in higher secondary education;
  • To reduce drop out in higher secondary education;

The piloting of the programme has been completed in 10 Upazillas of the country. The Upazillas are Khaliajuri of Netrokona, Ishwardi of Pabna, Kamarkhand of Sirajganj, Tetulia of Panchagarh, Sadar of Lalmonirhat, Swarupkathi of Pirojpur, Kalapara of Patuakhali, Morelganj of Bagerhat and Batiaghata of Khulna District.A total number of 200 disadvantageous pro-poor students are getting self-employment and income generating skills. The significant trades are: Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Electronics, Embroidery and Nokshi Kantha, Beautification, Motor Mechanic, Graphics Design and Multimedia, Tour Guide, Photography, Sweet Making, Mobile Servicing, Block Boutique and Screen Printing etc. After successful completion of the training, students are earning money by starting their own business or doing part time job alongside of their education and contributing to their family. Since the pilot programme was a successful one, now Government is planning to expand the programme in all Upazillas of the country.

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