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Teachers take to the street protesting corruption of education officer

Update : 30 Mar 2015, 07:19 PM

Primary school teachers of Joypurhat sadar upazila yesterday held a rally to protest against corruptions and misuse of power by the upazila primary education officer and the office’s two other officials.

They also submitted a memorandum to the district primary education officer to place home their 21-point demands.  Copies of the memorandum were also sent to two local lawmakers, deputy director of the directorate of primary education and deputy commissioner Joypurhat.

Speaking at the rally in front of the upazila primary education office, many teachers alleged that Joypurhat Sadar Upazila Primary Education Officer Naiar Sultana violated the rules for transfer of the teachers in the upazila.  

The teachers had to face harassment by officer in case of various official works including time scale, increment, opening of accounts for general provident fund (GPF) and sanction of loans from the fund, they alleged.    

Kanij Fatema, an assistant teacher of Komorgram Government Primary School, alleged that she had faced harassment while opening a GPF account at the education office.

“The office’s staff Mehedi Hasan did not give me the form for opening the GPF account as I denied to give him  bribe,” she said.

Rebeka Sultana, an assistant teacher at Chanda Government Primary School, said the education officer had not recommended for her transfer as per rule.

“I submitted an application to education office seeking my transfer. But the education officer recommended transfer of a teacher who was three year junior to me,” she said adding that as per rule senior teachers would get priority in the transfer.

Emar Hossain, an assistant teacher of Deonahar Government Primary School, he had to pay Tk1,200 to officials of the education office to avail permission to go to India for medical treatment.      

Md Badrujjoha, the district primary education officer, told the Dhaka Tribune that he had received the memorandum.

“We will talk legal actions after an investigation,” he said.

Contacted Naiar Sultana, however, denied the allegations raised by the teachers and claimed that she was not involved in any irregularities.

“They could have talked to me if they had any allegation. They [the teachers] held such programme by violating their service rules,” she said. 

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