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No funds for Bangladesh school
Manchester town hall
The council says it is "highly unlikely" the school will open
An idea to set up a school in Bangladesh for children from Manchester can not go ahead because of funding.

The city council was considering a plan to teach Asian children who were visiting the country during term time and missing out on lessons back home.

Newspaper reports suggested the idea was well advanced and council leader Richard Leese has said he welcomed new ideas to deal with truancy.

But Mr Leese said the 100,000 required for the project was not available.

Bengali connections

The school would be situated close to Sylhet in north west Bangladesh, in an area with strong links to Manchester's Bengali community.

If children were staying close to the school they would be expected to attend every day, it was claimed.

And pupils based further away would be allowed to go once or twice a week and take more work to complete at home.

Councillor Leese said: "We welcome innovative thinking in trying to tackle problems such as attendance but there has been no formal discussion about this particular idea within Manchester City Council.

"It is highly unlikely that this project will happen and there is certainly no provision for it within the Council's budget."

The Secondary Heads Association, which represents head teachers at senior schools, has reportedly praised the idea as "imaginative".

Pupils paid 100 for turning up
08 Mar 04  |  Manchester

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