Eight private universities in the country do not have the ideal ratio between teachers and students necessary for imparting quality education to the learners.
A draft report of the University Grants Commission (UGC) shows that the teacher-student ratio at eight private institutions for higher studies is more than 1:30.
Educationists say the perfect teacher-student ratio at a higher educational institution should be 1:20 for imparting quality education to the learners.
The UGC report, which reveals over 1:30 ratio at eight private universities, is frustrating as it has given a sorry state of education at these institutions, they noted.
The institutions, where the teacher-student ratio is over 1:30, are The People’s University, Asian University of Bangladesh, Presidency University, Royal University of Dhaka, Bangladesh Islami Bishwabidalay, BGC Trust University, Bangladesh University and Britannia University.
“The teacher-student ratio is not up to the mark at these universities. But, the average ratio is 1:22 at private universities which is at the satisfactory level to some extent,” the UGC report said.
The draft report of the UGC, 2016 will be submitted to the President within a few days.
As per the report, the teacher-student ratio is 1:43 at both the Presidency University and Britannia University while it is 1:39 at Asian University of Bangladesh.
The ratio is 1:37 at both Royal University of Dhaka and BGC Trust University each, 1:36 at both Bangladesh University and Bangladesh Islami Bishwabidalay, and 1:33 at The People’s University.
Educationist Prof Dr. Nazmul Ahsan Kalimullah told daily sun that the teacher-student ratio is high at some private universities due to profit-making mentality of the authorities concerned.
“Some private institutions keep less number of teachers to teach a huge number of students to minimize the operating cost and maximize profits,” he said.
Kalimullah, also Vice-chancellor of Begum Rokeya University, Rangpur, said it is difficult for a teacher to communicate with the students if the class-size becomes big.
“The class-size is small at the universities of developed countries. Sometimes the ratio of teachers to students is 1:6 at these institutions,” he pointed out.
The BRUR VC also said taking into consideration the huge population in Bangladesh, the teacher-student ratio in the country should not exceed 1:20.