Public universities across the country are grappling with severe teacher shortage, according to a University Grants Commission (UGC) report.
The report, which is yet to be made public, reveals that the ratio of teachers to students at the universities in 2014 and 2015 was one to 15. The situation was even worse in the last year with the ratio being 1:20.
With only one teacher for 67 students, Begum Rokeya University has the worst teacher-to-student ratio. Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Maritime University tops the list, with one teacher for five students on average.
Sources said the UGC is extremely worried over this disproportion in the teacher-to-student ratios at all 34 public universities. The ratio is astonishingly bad at some of the universities, they added.
With an aim to resolve the crisis of teachers, the UGC is set to put forward a set of recommendations including making arrangements to deliver virtual lectures by noted educationists under the Bangladesh Research and Education Network project, encouraging talented students to take up the teaching profession, and providing adequate benefits to teachers.
UGC Chairman Abdul Mannan said: “There is a tendency among our students to emigrate to other countries, because they get better employment opportunities abroad than teaching in our country. And there have been created many sectors in the country, where they can easily avail better job opportunities than teaching. This is because they do not feel encouraged to enter the profession.”
He suggested increasing benefits and opportunities for those involved in the teaching profession.
The article was originally published on Banglatribune.com.