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Dhaka Saturday,  Feb 16, 2019

About 20,000 Schools Do Not Have Electricity

Lutfar Rahman Kakon

There is no electricity in more than 20 thousand primary schools in the country which is hindering the process of installing multimedia classrooms in these schools.

Director General (DG) of the Directorate of Primary Education Abu Hena Mostafa Kamal has recently sent a letter to the chairman of the Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board (BREB or REB) asking for initiating electrical connections to a number of 20,095 primary schools of the country. In response to the letter, REB has already taken initiatives to electrify those schools.

According to the write-ups of that letter, the government is committed to developing the quality of primary education. The DG also pointed that the students need to be taught in digital means with the help of multimedia classroom to fulfill the Prime Minister’s dream goal-‘Digital-Bangladesh’. To make the classrooms multimedia friendly electricity connection is a must, he added.

According to the sources REB, the organization has taken initiatives to give power to 7 thousand 690 primary schools through their various Palli Bidyut Samitee within the next September. Related sources informed that, the Director General (Additional Duties) of Primary Education Department, Sultan Mahmud had sent another similar letter to REB requesting electrification of 11,957 primary schools that don’t have access to power. That letter claimed that, to materialize the Vision-2021, quality education is a must and the usage of ICT in primary education certainly enhances the standard of education. The use of ICT also makes learning and teaching activities more dynamic, easier, more pleasant and more effective. That’s why the schools must be brought under electricity connection.

To connect the schools with the national power grid, two thousand 610 kilometer electricity distribution lines will be installed. Within the upcoming March, 543 schools will be electrified through installing distribution lines of 82 kilometers; within the next June, 2,188 schools and within the next September 4,959 schools will be electrified. For this, a total of 2 thousand 75 kilometers of distribution line will be installed.

In this regard, Major Major General (retd) Moin Uddin the chairman of REB said that electricity connection has already been given to 11 thousand and 714 primary schools. The remaining seven thousand and 690 schools, will be electrified within this year. Other power distribution authorities will provide electrical connections to the schools that are not within the service area of REB, he added.

He also said that, solar power could be utilized through SREDA in the off-grid areas, to power up the primary schools in the off-grid areas.

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