So much for edn ministry claiming to be clean
THE revelation that a nexus between nine officials of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education and the head teacher of a non-government school in Netrakona has helped nearly 300 teachers of 156 non-government schools and madrassahs in illegally receiving monthly pay order from May could be the tip of the iceberg insofar as corruption in the directorate is concerned. According to a New Age report on Wednesday, a report prepared by the committee set up in June to investigate the issue, which has been submitted to the DSHE director general on Monday, the 300 teachers have managed to get the MPO benefits bribing the accused without submitting any applications to the district education officers — a condition, according to the rules concerned, anyone seeking to be included in the MPO list must comply with. Moreover, they had no approval of the MPO committee concerned. Additionally, the probe committee recommended legal action against the accused officials apart from measures to make the head teacher take steps to refund the salary illegally drawn by the teachers.
Monthly pay order is a scheme that enables teachers and employees at different non-government schools, colleges and madrassahs to get their monthly salary from public exchequer upon meeting some conditions. More importantly, such a scheme introduced some decades ago continues to provide a silver lining for the non-government teachers who have literally to struggle to make their ends meet, especially as the authorities of the educational institutions they work for lack adequate ability to pay them. Notably, most of the non-government educational institutions set up so far are the outcome of private initiatives and located in rural areas. In this context, there are reasons to believe that the MPO scheme has made a significant difference in terms of ensuring access to education for increasing number of rural students. Regrettably, however, allegations have it that DSHE high-ups generally appointed on partisan considerations under successive regimes have largely failed to ensure transparency in listing the beneficiaries of the scheme since its inception. Unfortunately still, despite repeated claims by the incumbent education minister in the past four and a half years that they have been able to rid DSHE, if not the ministry as a whole, of corruption and irregularities, different quarters, including even some people loyal to the ruling party, have questioned the way various institutions have been selected for the MPO benefits. Also, harassment of ordinary teachers by a section of unscrupulous DSHE officials is almost a regular phenomenon.
Overall, other than taking stern actions against the accused at hand, the ministry needs to dig deeper without any delay if to root out corruption from the ministry.
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