DCs for ban on teachers’ politics

50 proposals submitted to improve quality of education

Md Solamain Salman

24 June, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The Deputy Commissioners (DC) of different districts are seeking a ban on teachers’ politics to improve the quality of education at the non-government educational institutions across the country.

A number of 26 DCs sent a total of 50 proposals to the government for the development of quality education ahead of DC Conference scheduled to begin on July 15 in Dhaka.

According to the sources of public education ministry, the DCs also proposed to send different city best teachers to rural and remote schools as guest teachers, introduce tuition fee policy, open an education TV channel and appoint contractual teachers locally to improve education at the schools of char areas.

DCs at their proposals also mentioned how to develop quality education in field level, set up teacher training centre in every district, provide vehicle for each DC office to carry question paper of public exams, make flexible registration process of kindergarten and non-government educational institutions and form district education committee to evaluation the quality of education in upazila level.

The education ministry officials said DCs will present the proposals at the DC conference during their view-exchange meeting with Education Minister Dr Dipu Moni.

Banning involvement of teachers in politics is one of the proposals of the DCs. Kurigram District Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sultana Parvin made the proposal to the government.

She said a number of teachers of non-government educational institutions are involved actively with politics as they cannot give time to teach in classrooms.

Teachers’ involvement in politics is a barrier to making a skilled nation and building the prime minister’s promise to build a digital Bangladesh, she said.

Supporting the proposal, the Education Ministry also suggested banning participation of teachers in politic through formation of a specific policy in this regard.

Last year, the government also took an initiative to keep the teachers of the private educational institutions away from political activities with an aim to make them concentrate to teaching.

In March last year, on the basis of an intelligence agency report, Prime Minister Office (PMO) directed the Education Ministry to take measures to slap a ban on political activities of teachers.

A letter was sent from the Cabinet Division to the Education Ministry on March 29 last year mentioning that there are no specific rules for control of the jobs of teachers of private educational institutions.

Though the activities of the public servants are regulated by specific rules, there are no such rules for teachers of such private institutions.

Taking the opportunity, teachers of many private educational institutions are running full-time political activities, holding posts of different political parties, say the cabinet division letter.

Due to their engagement with political activities, many teachers remain absent from classrooms, seriously affecting education of their students.

Later, the Education Ministry on April 30 directed the DSHE, regulatory body of private teachers to take necessary measures to implement instruction of the premier.

The Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) started a process to stop teachers’ politics but there is no visible progress till now.

DSHE Director Prof Abdul Mannan said the teachers of non-government schools and colleges under MPO coverage get 100 percent of their basic salary from the state treasury and they are private only in name but there is no control of the government.

He said the teachers’ politics should be controlled by forming a specific policy instead of directly stopping involvement of teachers in politics.

Meanwhile, DC of Rangpur proposed posting best teachers of different cities at the schools of remote and rural areas as guest teachers for improving the quality of education in rural areas.

Sirajganj DC proposed to provide the public vehicle for each DC office to carry question papers of public exams.

Noagaon DC want establishment of teachers training center at each district for the training of the teachers, and Jeshore DC proposed holding education conference after every three months.

DC of Chattogram proposed reservation of quota for the children of government officers and employees during admission at schools.

Gaibandha DC proposed transferring ‘Gaibandha Agriculture institute’ as Agriculture University while DC of Jhalokati district suggested formation of district education committee for development of quality education.

Patuakhali DC made a proposal for opening a Television channel, saying that the TV channel will play vital role in the development of quality education.

Pirojpur DC asked for introducing a shift of English version at government Boys and girl’s schools in every district town.

Kurigram DC recommended appointing contractual teachers locally in remote char areas because the teachers appointed form other areas of the country do not remain present at the schools regularly.