Govt immediately needs to act on it
IT IS indeed unfortunate that teachers and staff of different non-government schools and colleges, who are on monthly pay order, a government scheme under which non-government teachers and staff get the amount of the basic pay received by their counterparts in government schools and colleges, continue to draw salaries from their respective institutions as well, in breach of a government order. Besides, the institutions concerned collect the money through, reportedly, imposing fees on their students predominantly belonging to fixed-income groups at their will. As New Age reported on Wednesday, for instance, the principal and an assistant professor of Motijheel Ideal School and College currently receive more than Tk 150,000 and Tk 30,000 respectively monthly, whereas, in line with the existing rule, they are supposed to receive Tk 23,000 and Tk 18,500 under the MPO scheme. Worse still, the authorities of the institution collect as much as Tk 20 crore from students every year. Guardians also pointed out in the report that falling victim to such a system they have to pay, in addition to exorbitant tuition fees, up to Tk 8,000 for mandatory model tests and coaching fees on half-yearly basis. The guardians of female students, who, as per an announcement made by the government earlier, are supposed to get education for free, are not spared either.
What is more worrisome is that the government continues to turn a blind eye to such an uncalled-for situation. The director general of the directorate of secondary and higher education, in concurrence with the high-ups in the errant educational institutions, seeking to defend the steps, has reportedly argued that as only a few of those institutions’ teachers and staff get government benefits, the institutions’ authorities are entitled to ‘collect a higher tuition fees’. True, non-government schools and colleges not included in the MPO scheme have few alternatives to collecting their expenditures, academic and administrative, from students. At the same time, however, it is also true that the institutions seeking to pursue such means should not be allowed to compromise on accountability and transparency at the very least. It is expected that the government will rise to the occasion and make its authorities tasked to oversee the issues comply with their responsibilities to the letter and in spirit, something, sadly, missing for a long time.
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