Primary and Mass Education Minister Advocate Mostafizur Rahman at a mothers' gathering yesterday said the dropout rate at primary school level has come down to below 20 percent during the present government's tenure.
He said it was over 50 percent during the rule of BNP government.
Mostafizur in his speech as the chief guest said there is no need for government help to arrange midday meal for children as only the sincerity of the mothers is enough for that.
Mostafizur said said nobody remains unfed now as there is no poverty in the country.
The gathering was held on the Pirojpur Town Club premises, organised by the district primary education administration with Primary and Mass Education Directorate Director General Dr Abu Hena Mostofa Kamal in the chair.
The gathering was arranged to inspire mothers to arrange midday meal for the primary school children from the house.
The minister said contribution of mothers is a must for developing the standard of primary education. Urging the mothers to spend time with the children, he said mother is the best friend of the child. “So, mothers must take special care of the children,” he added.
He said the government of Sheikh Hasina has taken up the challenge of constructing the Padma Bridge and it has increased the salary of government employees.
Criticising the opposition BNP, he said farmers would not get fertilizer and fuel during its rule, adding that farmers do not have to face such trouble at present.
He said Sheikh Hasina's government will ensure 100 percent electricity to all within 2018.
Ruling party lawmaker AKMA Awal, Additional Secretary Md Gias Uddin Ahmed, Director (Administration) Md Saber Hossain, Director (Policy and Operation) Bijoy Bhusan Paul of the Ministry of Primary and Mass Education, and acting Deputy Commissioner Md Mostafizur Rahman were present.