Academic and administrative activities in most of the government secondary schools across the country are seriously being hampered because of an acute shortage of headmasters.
There are no headmasters in the government secondary schools in 25 out of 64 districts for a long time, according to the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE).
DSHE sources said there are 683 government secondary schools, including the newly-nationalised ones, across the country.
Of the schools, the government has not yet created the post of headmaster in many of the newly nationalised schools while most of the headmaster posts are laying vacant.
At present, there are 351 headmaster posts in government secondary schools across the country. Of them, 262 posts have remained vacant while there are only 89 headmasters.
Amid such a situation, assistant headmasters or senior teachers are conducting school activities in absence of the headmasters.
There is also a crisis of assistant headmasters in the government secondary schools as a large number of their posts have remained vacant for a long period.
DSHE officials said the posts of headmaster have remained vacant at all the government secondary schools in 25 districts -- Narayanganj, Jashore, Rajbari, Satkhira, Sherpur, Moulvibazar, Sylhet, Sunamganj, Thakurgaon, Nilphamari, Panchagarh, Lalmonirhat, Jhalakathi, Naogaon, Chapainawabganj, Natore, Pabna, Sirajganj, Patuakhali, Maherpur, Bhola, Bandarban, Khagrachhari and Rangamati.
The schools are facing various problems in running academic and administrative activities by assistant headmasters due to lack of regular headmasters.
Talking to this correspondent, several acting headmasters said earlier the DSHE used to directly appoint headmasters and assistant headmasters, but the recruitment process has been closed since 2005.
There has been a severe crisis of the headmasters as there has been no appointment to this post for last 16 years.
Apart from this, corruption has also increased in student admission and other activities at the schools.
It is learned that the main reason for the vacancy in such a large number of headmaster posts is that the feeders for the post of assistant headmasters are not full.
It takes five years for an assistant headmaster to complete the feeder position to become a headmaster. The post of a headmaster was last promoted in September 2018.
As a result, there are 421 assistant headmasters at present, but their feeder posts are not being filled and they are not being promoted till now.
The post is also lying vacant due to the appointment of some of the working headmasters to the post of equivalent district education officer for administrative needs.
Education Ministry’s Additional Secretary (secondary-1) Syed Imamul Hossain said the crisis of headmasters in government secondary school has come to our notice and the ministry is working to resolve the crisis.
He said the headmaster posts will be filled very soon. The assistant headmasters will specially be promoted through refinement to headmasters. And it could be at the beginning of the New Year.