Poor state of schools and their development
Not very long ago a report titled ‘Over 200 primary schools in Patuakhali in awful state’ was published in a daily newspaper. Twenty-two of those school buildings have turned out to be so risky that classes are held outside, under the open sky.
This is not only the case with Patuakhali; other districts have almost the same scenario. Moreover, acute shortage of teachers has been found in many schools across the country. The absence of qualified teachers is a great concern in primary education as well as in non-government secondary schools.
Due to the introduction of primary and junior school certification examinations by the Awami League-led government in the name of quality education, students have to stay in schools for a longer period of time and guardians have to pay extra money for coaching. Guardians also have to send their children to coaching centres as they are not satisfied with what is taught in schools. Mushrooming of coaching centres can be found even in remote areas.
Some non-governmental organisations are working to improve the quality of education. NGOs should prepare a good number of qualified women as community teachers, particularly for math and English, through their existing teacher training programmes.
When classes are hampered in some schools due to shortage of teachers or teachers receiving training in PTI, community teachers can take class in those schools. After working for a year, these teachers should be sent to PTI for receiving training from PTI. After that, s/he will be capable enough to be a regular teaching staff in schools across the country.
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