The institutes which do not have approval of the National University are taking examinations via other authorized institutes
Several private teacher training institutes, approved by the National University, have no trainers they need or infrastructure and yet are providing Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) certificates by taking written tests without any practice teaching.
Certificates are being provided by arranging written examinations through the provision of notes.
On the other hand, unauthorized teacher training institutes are opening camp offices in different areas and admitting trainee teachers in B.Ed courses, reports Bangla Tribune.
The unauthorized institutes send students to other institutes for examinations despite giving them no training.
Relevant sources say the trainees are being deprived of examination opportunities in institutions which cannot arrange tests.
This is how the training certificate is being given, like home service. Many students on condition of anonymity have complained about fraudulent activity and institutes trying to sell certificates to them.
Universities which have no permits
After investigation, it was found that the National University revoked the permit of the Bangladesh Teacher Training College in Farmgate in 2017.
On June 2, 2018, the institute took a total of Tk11,000 from B.Ed trainees, including fees for filling in the form of the National University. On January 22, 2019 --- the academic year --- Tk5,000 was taken from another trainee.
Asked about the issue, Jannatun Nahar, principal of the institute, said: "A writ has been filed against the closure order of the National University against this college. I am waiting for the hearing on the writ.
“When the institution ordered the closure, I arranged for the trainees to take the test through other institutes.”
However, when asked why students were still being admitted, Principal Jannatun Nahar said: "Most of the institutions in the country are in a similar state. There is no permanent campus, no necessary infrastructure. Many do not even have approval. Everyone is in the same situation. Why complain about me only?”
Prime Teacher Training College is running home service using the address of house number 57, road no. 9/A, Dhanmondi area of the capital. No such institute was found at this address.
This organization has no place or building of its own. It does not even have a rented building at present.
However, there are trainees under the banner of the organization. The organization is continuing to distribute certificates only through written tests without any training.
It was found that the institute took Tk2,000 from a B.Ed trainee on December 12 through receipts of the institution.
There are allegations that the money is received through a teacher of Jurain Model School. And when someone calls for admission, the authority runs to the trainee. This is how the company has started home service.
When asked, Principal Al Mujahid said: "It is not possible to pay the rent because of coronavirus. We are taking classes online and soon we will rent an office.”
When asked if he considered it to be a certificate trade, he said: "Examinations are conducted through the National University. Certificates are not sold.”
Hamida Akhter is running a training institute called College of Education Research by turning the Perception Career Centre in Uttara Sector 12 into a camp office.
Students are admitted through using the Perception Career Centre as a camp office. Not only that, the college also takes fees from B.Ed trainees, using the money receipt of the Perception Career Centre. The organization does not have its own campus.
Asked about it, Hamida Akhter, principal of the College of Education Research, said: "The institute has a rented building in Motijheel.
When asked why the money receipts were of the Perception Career Centre, she avoided the question by saying: “I don't know."
Later the Perception Career Centre was contacted. It was found that Hamida Akhter was associated with both companies.
The Ideal Teacher Training College, run by the owner of Morningson KG School in Madani Nagar area of Chittagong Road in Narayanganj, has no campus of its own. The institution is not affiliated with the National University.
However, students have been enrolled in the B.Ed program using the money receipts of Morningson School and College.
When asked, Ali Azam, the principal of the institution, told Bangla Tribune: "I only run Morningson KG School. Ideal Teachers Training College is a proposed plan and is not operational as it did not get approval from the National University.”
Although Ali Azam denied the matter, there was evidence of B.Ed students paying their fees on the money receipts of Morningson KG School.
In a receipt dated December 20, Tk1,000 was taken from a B.Ed student. Besides, the prospectus of the college shows information about admission in B.Ed and M.Ed courses as well as LLB courses.
There are allegations that Sher-e-Bangla TT College in Pallabi does not train students of other colleges but only hands out certificates by arranging examinations.
Moreover, the examination business is conducted by arranging examinations in exchange of money for trainees from institutions which are not approved by the National University.
Acting principal of Sher-e-Bangla TT College Abul Hossain Hawlader has denied allegations of selling certificates and gathering trainees for examinations.
Asked if the trainees were given certificates in exchange for money, he said: "Are certificates even sold? Go where that happens. Don't ask me these things.”
Not only these few institutions, but there are also allegations against most of the colleges in the country. Some organizations do not have the National University’s approval, some do not have a permanent campus and some do not even have a rented building.
The training institutes affiliated to the National University are supposed to be properly monitored by the National University, but the institutes have been running like this year after year.
According to relevant sources, more than half of the total 71 private teacher training colleges in the country are running a certificate business.
The trainees do not want to be admitted in good private teacher training institutes of the country as they can easily get a certificate with only payment of money.
The institutes accused of running certificate-based training include TT College in Azimpur, Dhaka, Sekander TT College in Hakim Chandpur, Fazilatunnesa TT College in Mirpur, Shaikk TT College in the capital and New Rajdhani TT College in Nilkhet.
Several trainees who were deceived said on condition of anonymity that cheating and selling certificates had been going on for a long time. No one was there to check the scam.
About these issues, Dean of the National University (Postgraduate Education, Training and Research Center) Professor Dr Md Anwar Hossain said: "I have filed a case against some TT colleges which are not affiliated [with National University]. We cannot do anything before the case is solved.
“Those who do not have approval will not be able to admit students now. Online admissions are based on the number of seats. There is no opportunity for excess admission.”
About institutes which did not have trainers and infrastructure, Md Anwar Hossain said: "Monitoring has to be done, an investigation has to be done. Those who do not have the necessary trainers and infrastructure will lose approval."