Teacher recruitment should be transparent

25 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Mainly individuals suffer due to corruption at various levels of the administrative machinery but if the education sector is infested with the corrosive malady the entire nation has to pay for it, and pay dearly. There is widespread allegation of corruption and nepotism in the process of recruitment and promotion of teachers in public as well as private universities in the country. News media quite frequently carry stories of irregularities in the recruitment of teachers and employees at the university level. The country’s anti-graft body is already handling several graft cases in connection with the recruitment in public universities.

The result of such irregularities is recruitment of unqualified and unskilled teachers, barring meritorious students from varsity level teaching jobs. In the same manner, unqualified teachers grab promotion while the really deserving ones are deprived of the same. This sad reality leads to a drastic fall in the quality and standard of education at higher level. The Anti-corruption Commission itself observed in its annual report 2018 that the standard of education in the public and private universities of the country is much below the desired level. With these unqualified teachers we are producing nothing but half-baked graduates, lacking required level of knowledge and skill. Our education will have to be made of international standards so that the process of admission for Bangladeshi students abroad becomes easier.

Against this backdrop, the University Grants Commission is formulating a policy, setting up certain criteria for the recruitment and promotion of teachers in a free, fair and transparent manner. Once adopted, this policy will be made mandatory both for public and private universities.

Corruption in the recruitment and promotion of teachers is an age old story. Such a policy was therefore much overdue and could have freed the recruitment process from anomalies long ago. Anyway, hopefully the coming policy will establish transparency at the university level and help qualitative enhancement of higher education.

However, the policy formulation process is not free from controversies. Allegations are there that the six-member policy formulation committee has no representation of currently serving teachers of public universities. We hope that the draft committee will take opinions and suggestions possibly from all corners into consideration and suggest a comprehensive policy for the betterment of our education.