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Tuesday November 21, 2017 03:46 PM

Makeshift primary schools mushrooming overnight as a result of nationalisation

Makeshift primary schools mushrooming overnight as a result of nationalisation

Director general and officers of correlated ministry are also allegedly involved in this illegal process Vested groups have been rushing to establish primary schools in the country, following the government’s assurance to nationalise the non-government primary schools henceforth. Upazila and district education officers, divisional officers of primary education, director general and officers of correlated ministry are also allegedly involved in this illegal process of grabbing huge amount of government money.

Vested groups have been rushing to establish primary schools in the country, following the government’s assurance to nationalise the non-government primary schools henceforth.

Upazila and district education officers, divisional officers of primary education, director general and officers of correlated ministry are also allegedly involved in this illegal process of grabbing huge amount of government money.

Earlier on January 9, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced to nationalise a total of 26,193 non-government primary schools of the country. Amongst those, 22,981 schools are expected to be nationalised by June this year, while the rest are announced to be nationalised by 2015, sources said.

Following the PM’s announcement, vested groups, with the help from concerned officials, have started to establish infrastructures with fake land documents and students’ admission papers.

According to sources, the pre-requisites of applying for nationalisation are to have at least 33% of land registration, infrastructure development and a management committee in place for recruiting teachers

Only then can the school authority apply for teaching permissions to upazila education officer.

In the second phase, on visiting the spot, if the upazila education officer finds no other primary school within two kilometres, he/she will submit a report with reference to district education officer.

In the last phase, the district education officer, after visiting the area, will submit a report to the divisional deputy director of Primary Education. After getting reports from the divisional deputy director, the director general will come to a decision in this regard.

 

However, officers of upazila education office, district education office, divisional education office, Primary Education Board and primary and mass education ministry are alleged to be disobeying rules and grabbing money in a bid to nationalise the established schools.

Directorate of Primary Education officials are allegedly involved in making fake documents. According to the announcement of nationalisation, any non- government school established before July 24, 2012, having land registration along with infrastructure would be nationalised.

The authorities of newly established schools are allegedly manipulating the dates of their documents with help from the concerned officials, sources said.

Organiser of the Non-government Primary School Teacher Samity, Saiful Islam said the organization has evidence of such illegal schools, saying: “These school authorities are creating documents with manipulated dates and fake admission papers.”

“Many legal schools will be deprived of nationalisation amid nationalisation of such illegal schools.”

At least 4000-5000 illegal schools have been established after the nationalisation announcement by the PM, he alleged, and requested the ministry to avoid nationalisation services to these illegal schools.

The ministry sources meanwhile said a five-member committee, along with all district administrators as conveners, has been formed named “Jela Jachai-Bachai Committee” in every district. This committee will scrutinise the process of nationalisation of the schools.

Primary and Mass Education Minister Dr Afsarul Amin said: “Many schools vanished since no officials of those schools were getting any salaries. They are establishing their schools again after PM’s announcement.”

“However, the government will not nationalise the services of illegal nongovernment primary schools,” he assured.

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