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Graduate degree mandatory for aspiring female government teachers

  • Published at 12:36 am April 10th, 2019
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File photo of a female teacher teaching students at a government primary school Dhaka Tribune

Earlier, candidates with Higher Secondary Certificates (HSC) were eligible to apply for the job

The government has made the graduation degree mandatory as a qualification for female candidates applying as teachers in government primary schools.

Earlier, candidates with Higher Secondary Certificates (HSC) were eligible to apply for the said posts.

The Primary and Mass Education Ministry has already issued the government rule for appointment of primary school teachers where the minimum qualification bar has been raised to graduation with a second class or similar CGPA from any recognized university as requisites for female candidates, said the Ministry's Secretary Akram-Al-Hossain.

With the latest development, the qualification is now unified for all candidates to ensure appointment of eligible teachers, he said, adding the rule has been changed in consultation with the Bangladesh Public Service Commission (BPSC).

The rule stated that: 20% of the teachers recruited through tests must have bachelors with honours degrees with a science background, the rule stated.

If there is lack of candidates from the science background to fill up the 20% quota, the posts can be filled up from the merit list, it further read.

The new guideline says 60% of the seats in the recruitment tests will be reserved for women, 20% for children of teachers and the remaining 20% for men, which will be filled up in the upazila or thana based appointments.

Of the total posts for head teachers, 65% will be recruited from Primary Assistant Teachers while the remaining 35% will be recruited through recruitment tests.

If a candidate is promoted to head teacher’s post, the candidate shall have at least seven years of job tenure including training during their primary assistant teacher posts.

The age limit for applying for both head teacher and primary assistant teacher posts has been modified between 21 to 30 years. 

Previously it was 25 to 35 years for head teachers and 18 to 30 years for assistant teachers’ posts, said the guideline. 

Currently, about 350,000 teachers are employed in over 65,000 government primary schools across Bangladesh.

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