Last updated: 24/3/2022

Programme Details

Programme objectives

The objectives of the Secondary Education Stipend Programme (SESP) to promote access to secondary education, preparing students for employment opportunities and decreasing dropout rates.

Conditionalities (if any)
The Secondary Education Stipend Programme (SESP) apply the most varied set of conditionalities, including hard conditionalities related to school enrolment, attendance and even performance, as well as soft conditionalities related to rather controversial sexual and reproductive choices (i.e. remaining single and not becoming pregnant). To continue receiving benefits students must attend at least 75 per cent of classes, obtain at least 40 per cent marks in the annual examination, and remain unmarried until SSC examination.

Targeting and eligiblity

Eligibility criteria
Secondary school students are included in the programme based on poverty criteria, which reviews the household’s composition (whether it includes members from more vulnerable categories, such as low-income workers and people living with disabilities), their assets and their annual income. School-based committees apply a ‘pro-poor’ methodology to choose the poorest students to participate in the programme

Coverage and other information

Amount of benefits
The stipend’s yearly benefit rates vary by grade: Grade 6 - BDT1380 Grade 7 - BDT1380 Grade 8 - BDT1620 Grade 9 - BDT2040 Grade 10 - BDT2790
Payment/delivery frequency
Biannual
References
[4] Personal communication.
Benefit recipients
The Secondary Education Stipend Programme (SESP) require beneficiaries to verbally commit to not marry or fall pregnant until they conclude their studies. This, however, is a non-binding commitment, and the programme has no way to exclude beneficiaries who fail to comply. Given the highly controversial aspect of interfering in such an intimate aspect of beneficiaries’ lives, this is unsurprising. In case the stipend recipient (student or guardian) does not own a mobile phone, a proxy can be nominated.
MIS
Database of beneficiaries and an MIS can be generated on demand. However, neither of the ministries or their respective Directorates own nor administer the database which still rests with the outsourced private company