School textbooks are distributed freely by the government. But family expenditure for education remains a concern. Education is called the backbone of a nation, but budgetary allocation for education has decreased in every fiscal year since the year 2008.
Schools are forcing guardians to buy extra books for children, which is increasing education cost. Since quality of classroom education is not satisfactory guardians are compelled to spend money for private tuitions, schools and taking extra admission fees.
According to studies by some NGOs and government organizations primary education expenditure has doubled from two thousand and five hundred taka to four thousand and eight hundred taka in last seven years. Secondary education expenditure has also increased in the same period.
Poor families are most affected by the increment of education expenditure, many families are unable to pay the cost and it is one of the main reasons of dropout.
Government officials are saying that the cost of education has increased due to increase in living cost; government has taken some initiatives like extending stipend program and school tiffin to keep students in classroom.