Well-intentioned indeed but may very well backfire
LAWMAKERS appear hell-bent on extending their jurisdiction over government schools and colleges as well, while the existing law allows them to head the management committees of only non-government educational institutions in their respective parliamentary constituencies. For the past few months, a number of ruling Awami League lawmakers have tried to introduce management committees at public schools, colleges and madrassahs on the plea to improve their quality of education. Subsequently, the parliamentary standing committee on the public administration ministry came up with a suggestion that lawmakers should be allowed to head the governing bodies of public colleges. On Monday, as New Age reported on Tuesday, the committee recommended that the government should bring amendment to the relevant law paving the way for lawmakers to head governing bodies of four government colleges in the areas under their jurisdiction. As some public administration ministry officials told the meeting, the education ministry has already started to work on the recommendation made by the committee earlier.
Although all the teachers’ associations, especially those linked to the teachers working at different government schools and colleges, have been reportedly opposing such move since a ruling party lawmaker initiated it last year, we agree to the recommendation at hand in principle as all institutions dealing with public interests should be accountable to the people, through their elected representatives. At the same time, however, one cannot refute the arguments put forth by the leaders of different teachers’ association. Allegations are rife that management committees of most non-government schools, colleges and madrassahs, which are headed by lawmakers of their respective areas or their representatives, are exposed to rampant corruption and irregularities. More importantly, there is hardly any accountability and transparency when it comes to recruitment of teachers in those institutions. All this continues to leave serious adverse impact on the academic atmosphere in those institutions and thus on their performance in different public examinations.
One cannot say for sure that, under the existing governing bodies headed by government officials, all the government schools and colleges are performing up to the expectations. It is, however, also true that the state-run educational institutions, especially those in district and upazila headquarters, fare better than their counterparts in the non-government sector by and large. Overall, the moot point is that as long as they lack any deterrent factor over the issue, the public educational institutions run by the committees headed by local lawmakers may also be gripped by the malaise afflicting the non-government institutions now. In other words, the government can allow lawmakers to head the governing bodies of public colleges only if there is some sort of mechanism to prevent lawmakers from going overboard.
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