The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) has found involvement of 88 teachers of seven prominent educational institutions in the capital with coaching business.
A six-member inquiry team has submitted a report to the ACC, recommending action, including dismissal, against the teachers.
According to the ACC sources, before making the list of the teachers, the ACC special team conducted a number of drives in the capital and identified the 88 teachers and found that they were doing coaching business at their houses or rented flats violating the government policy.
The ACC team identified 34 teachers of Motijheel Ideal School and College, 24 teachers of Motijheel Model School and College, 12 teachers of Motijheel Government Boys’ High School, six teachers of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, four teachers of Motijheel Government Girls’ High School, one teacher of Khilgaon Government High School and seven teachers of Dhanmondi Government Laboratory High School, the ACC sources said.
Earlier, the government in 2012 officially announced a policy aiming to stop the coaching business of teachers by preventing them from giving private tuition to students of their own institutions.
The policy defined coaching as teaching students before or after the class inside or outside the academic institution. It also prohibits teachers of government and non-government schools, colleges and madrasas from giving private tuition during school hours.
Teachers can at best teach 10 students of other institutions a day on prior permission from their heads of institutions.
Teachers will also have to notify their school heads about the students and furnish the students’ classes and roll numbers in black and white, said the policy.
Teachers can take remedial classes for weaker students only at the request of guardians and the head of the institution would arrange the classes, the policy said.
For extra classes, a student in metropolitan areas will be charged Tk 300 per month for each subject while a student in district towns Tk 200 and those of upazila levels Tk 150.
The policy also stated that no teacher will be allowed to have direct or indirect involvement with any coaching centre operating commercially.
But many teachers of renowned schools in the capital are involved with coaching business violating government rules, said the investigators.
Following the massive allegations against the school teachers, in April a six-member special team led by ACC Deputy Director Mohammad Ibrahim was formed to conduct an inquiry against the teachers.
The other inquiry team members are ACC assistant director Jahangir Alam, Abdul Wadud, Monirul Islam, Fazlul Bari, and deputy assistant director Ataur Rahman.
After conducting a four-month investigation, the ACC, in its first step, identified the 88 teachers of the seven educational institutions in the capital and it has recommended the commission for taking action against them.
The ACC team will also conduct investigation against the teachers of others schools and colleges in the capital, investigators said.
ACC Chairman Iqbal Mahmood said, “Students are being deprived of getting real knowledge as teachers are involved with coaching business. They are doing the business for gaining financial benefits”.
“The ACC inquiry against the teachers involved with coaching business will be continued throughout the country,” he added.