Despite the country attaining the Middle Income Country (MIC) status lately, a large part of Bangladesh remains poverty-stricken where more than half of the children grow up without education. Their families are poor; there are not enough schools; what schools do exist, often lack adequate facilities, equipment and effective teachers. These problems are often worse in rural areas where three out of four Bangladeshis live.
Classes (or Grades) VI to XII comprise the secondary level of education; in Bangladesh, schooling from Class VI to Class X is generally considered high school education. There are nearly 19,000 high schools in Bangladesh; only 1.74% of the schools are government schools, the rest non-government. 82% of the high schools in Bangladesh are in rural areas, which is no surprise considering that the population is predominantly rural. Almost all rural high schools are non-government schools. For 84% of these nongovernment schools, the government gives assistance through a measure called the Monthly Payment Order (MPO) scheme. This scheme provides for the salary of the teachers and staff and includes a program of building infrastructure over time. The government supplies the textbooks free of charge to all students in all high schools and provides stipend to 30% of the girls and 10% of the boys. 82% of the high schools in Bangladesh are in rural areas, which is no surprise considering that the population is predominantly rural. Almost all rural high schools are non-government schools.