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1,000 college teachers attached in Dhaka

Institutions outside capital in trouble

Mohiuddin Alamgir

Education in government colleges in remote areas stumbles amid severe crisis of teachers as about a thousand of them are attached to renowned colleges in Dhaka and other cities and some towns.
Teachers said that most of such teachers, who go to the capital through heavy lobbying, remained attached to colleges in Dhaka, where no teaching positions were vacant.
They said that most of the teachers were attached to different colleges on ‘political considerations’ and they were not sent back to their colleges because of their strong link with high officers, putting colleges they were from in teacher shortage.
Some of them said that teachers outside Dhaka were keen on teaching in colleges in the capital because of the lucrative option of ‘coaching business’ in the capital.
The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education director (college and administration), Ataur Rahman, said that there were 1,000 teachers attached to renowned college in Dhaka and other cities.
Officials said that government colleges in the capital such as Dhaka College, Eden Girls’ College, Government Titumir College, Kabi Nazrul Government College and Begum Badrunnesa Government Girls’ College have teachers more than required as many teachers were attached to the institutions.
Teachers were attached to colleges such as Government Brajmohan College in Barisal, Government Edward College in Pabna, Carmichael College in Rangpur,  Government Rajendra College in Faridpur and others.
But colleges in remote areas such as Sailkupa College in Jhenaidah, Phulbaria College in Dinajpur, Hatiya Dwip College in Noakhali,  Bhandaria College in Pirjpur, Habiganj College, Barguna Mahila College and others continue to face teacher shortage.
Many departments such as English, mathematics, physics and accounting in such colleges almost have no teachers. Teachers working in such colleges said that they had work almost double to make up for the losses caused by teacher shortage and this was harming the quality of education.
Ataur said that many of these teachers were made officers on special duty as they are doing research and taking higher degrees.
Officials said that there were about 14,900 teaching positions in 264 government colleges in the country. Three thousand of the teaching positions are vacant.
DSHE officials said that many colleges, mostly in the countryside, had informed them of the teacher shortage but they could hardly take any effective steps as teachers in government colleges were appointed through the Public Service Commission, which takes time to complete the process and more positions fall vacant in the meantime.
The BCS General Education Association president, Nasreen Begum, said that most of the teachers were attached to colleges in Dhaka from institutions in remote areas on ‘political considerations.’
‘As a result of the attachment, about 50 per cent colleges of the country which are located in remote areas suffer acute teacher shortage, with academic activities being hampered,’ she said.
‘These teachers are powerful and do not want to go outside the capital. Most of them are keen on staying in Dhaka as they have more opportunity to do coaching business here,’ she
‘The government does not have any initiative to send such teachers back to the colleges they are from,’ she said.   
The BCS General Education Association’s secretary general IK Selim Ullah Khandkar said that attachment and vacant teaching positions were the prime reason for college education being hampered.
The DSHE director general, Fahima Khatun, said that there were initiatives to reduce postings as attached teachers. ‘Teaching positions above lecturer were yet to be created in many colleges in the country for which we attach teachers here for them to be sent to colleges with no positions above lecturer,’ she said.
None has been attached on political considerations, she added.

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