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Primary education neglected

Dear Editor:
A few days ago, we came to know from a news report that there were no head teachers in 117 out of 481 government primary schools for a long time in Rajbari district. This amounts to around one-fourth of the schools having no head teachers. Likewise, about thirty two percent schools in Netrokona districts are also functioning without the head teachers. The problem of schools having no head teachers is almost endemic and situation in other districts are known to be the same or even worse.
Not very long ago, we also noticed in a news item that there was no teacher in a school with 300 students for a long time and there was no one to care about it. It is also not very uncommon in the country that a school has a single or perhaps two teachers for a long time and the school has to maintain six classes. Besides, the head teacher or a teacher has to shoulder the school’s administrative job for two to three days in each month.
Interestingly, many of the schools have been equipped with multimedia projector, laptop, etc. which are not suitable and not necessary for most of these schools. Obviously, these are costly equipments and to maintain them is a big challenge. Not very long ago, I visited a big government school at heart of the town in Dhaka. I wanted to know from the head teacher that if they received teachers’ guide and how classes are going on with the multimedia projector and other costly equipments? The head teacher replied that they did receive teachers’ guide sometime ago but they were yet to open the pack. She also informed me that their multimedia projector was not working and they sent it for its repairs long time ago to the concerned government offices but they didn’t get it back yet.
This is perhaps one of the main reasons for the high dropout rate and low competency rates achieved in primary education in Bangladesh. Government should ensure quality teachers in primary education and fill up the vacant posts immediately with at least temporary teachers (from teachers’ pool out of the district).  Voluntary services and posts of teaching assistants’ can be introduced in primary education to ease the situation temporarily.
People are frustrated to notice that the government is reluctant to extend primary education up to grade eight and every year the percentage in education budget is decreasing instead of increasing.
We urge the government to establish a PSC for teachers’ recruitment from primary to tertiary level and fill up vacant posts as soon as possible by introducing posts of teaching assistants’ in the primary schools.
Md. Tofazzel Hossain
Kushtia

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Dear Editor:
A few days ago, we came to know from a news report that there were no head teachers in 117 out of 481 government primary schools for a long time in Rajbari district. This amounts to around one-fourth of the schools having no head teachers. Likewise, about thirty two percent schools in Netrokona districts are also functioning without the head teachers. The problem of schools having no head teachers is almost endemic and situation in other districts are known to be the same or even worse.
Not very long ago, we also noticed in a news item that there was no teacher in a school with 300 students for a long time and there was no one to care about it. It is also not very uncommon in the country that a school has a single or perhaps two teachers for a long time and the school has to maintain six classes. Besides, the head teacher or a teacher has to shoulder the school’s administrative job for two to three days in each month.
Interestingly, many of the schools have been equipped with multimedia projector, laptop, etc. which are not suitable and not necessary for most of these schools. Obviously, these are costly equipments and to maintain them is a big challenge. Not very long ago, I visited a big government school at heart of the town in Dhaka. I wanted to know from the head teacher that if they received teachers’ guide and how classes are going on with the multimedia projector and other costly equipments? The head teacher replied that they did receive teachers’ guide sometime ago but they were yet to open the pack. She also informed me that their multimedia projector was not working and they sent it for its repairs long time ago to the concerned government offices but they didn’t get it back yet.
This is perhaps one of the main reasons for the high dropout rate and low competency rates achieved in primary education in Bangladesh. Government should ensure quality teachers in primary education and fill up the vacant posts immediately with at least temporary teachers (from teachers’ pool out of the district).  Voluntary services and posts of teaching assistants’ can be introduced in primary education to ease the situation temporarily.
People are frustrated to notice that the government is reluctant to extend primary education up to grade eight and every year the percentage in education budget is decreasing instead of increasing.
We urge the government to establish a PSC for teachers’ recruitment from primary to tertiary level and fill up vacant posts as soon as possible by introducing posts of teaching assistants’ in the primary schools.
Md. Tofazzel Hossain
Kushtia

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No hartals, processions; only rapes

Dear Editor:
Many people at home and abroad like Sheikh Hasina because of her leadership. There is no hartals, no processions and meetings for a long time by the opposition in the country and even no procession by the general students and if they dare to bring out one police are very much active to strongly intervene and they are discouraged to do anything similar in the future. Even if some students dare to do so they have to face the fate of Siddikur and lose their eyes or something.
The Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus was and still are in trouble and attempts are constantly being made to tarnish his image.  The eminent journalist Mahfuz Anam was also in trouble and Prothom Alo editor suffered the same fate.
We observed that journalists and government officials are caught under the newly enacted law 57 and sent to jail like a magic. But the police are reluctant to accept any case filed against rape and on some other serious criminal charges. It is also observed that most of the people don’t bother what is happening in the country and even discard the annulment of the 16th amendment by the appellate division.
People don’t bother what Obaidul Kader and AMA Muhith said about 16th amendment or on other issues. But they only bother when too much load shedding take place frequently and cannot move from one place to another by bus, rickshaw or can’t even walk due to heavy traffic.  People cannot walk on the pavements because they are occupied by the shop owners or hawkers. Police don’t intervene because of special arrangements between them and the elements backed by the ruling party with pavement occupiers.
We also observed that many people from NGOs and other organizations like Citycell are losing their jobs and large number of master’s degree holders cannot get jobs for a long time and unemployment rate is increasing alarmingly. However, people do bother when Tufan Awami League leader raped and mishandled the girl and her mother, cut their hair and torture them. Actually, these heinous incidents touch every citizen of the country and these are happening almost every day. Ruling party men or their affiliated individuals are involved in many of them.
We urge the government to consider DUCSU election as soon possible and produce more future Obaidul Kaders.
Sheuly Haque
Sirajgonj

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Dear Editor:
Many people at home and abroad like Sheikh Hasina because of her leadership. There is no hartals, no processions and meetings for a long time by the opposition in the country and even no procession by the general students and if they dare to bring out one police are very much active to strongly intervene and they are discouraged to do anything similar in the future. Even if some students dare to do so they have to face the fate of Siddikur and lose their eyes or something.
The Nobel laureate Dr Muhammad Yunus was and still are in trouble and attempts are constantly being made to tarnish his image.  The eminent journalist Mahfuz Anam was also in trouble and Prothom Alo editor suffered the same fate.
We observed that journalists and government officials are caught under the newly enacted law 57 and sent to jail like a magic. But the police are reluctant to accept any case filed against rape and on some other serious criminal charges. It is also observed that most of the people don’t bother what is happening in the country and even discard the annulment of the 16th amendment by the appellate division.
People don’t bother what Obaidul Kader and AMA Muhith said about 16th amendment or on other issues. But they only bother when too much load shedding take place frequently and cannot move from one place to another by bus, rickshaw or can’t even walk due to heavy traffic.  People cannot walk on the pavements because they are occupied by the shop owners or hawkers. Police don’t intervene because of special arrangements between them and the elements backed by the ruling party with pavement occupiers.
We also observed that many people from NGOs and other organizations like Citycell are losing their jobs and large number of master’s degree holders cannot get jobs for a long time and unemployment rate is increasing alarmingly. However, people do bother when Tufan Awami League leader raped and mishandled the girl and her mother, cut their hair and torture them. Actually, these heinous incidents touch every citizen of the country and these are happening almost every day. Ruling party men or their affiliated individuals are involved in many of them.
We urge the government to consider DUCSU election as soon possible and produce more future Obaidul Kaders.
Sheuly Haque
Sirajgonj

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