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Teacher shortage cripples public college in Feni

  • Published at 07:49 pm July 4th, 2019
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Dhaka Tribune

The institution—which has about 1500 enrolled students—is basically situated in an abandoned building, and there isn’t even a principal appointed

The lack of adequate teachers at the Parshuram Government Degree College is causing its students to worry about their future as most of the classes are regularly being suspended.

The institution—which has about 1500 enrolled students—is basically situated in an abandoned building, and there isn’t even a principal appointed. 

It requires 20 teachers to take all the classes every day. However, only four teachers are currently appointed, and they are in-charge of taking a few classes for intermediate, and degree students.  

Out of all the subjects the college offers, almost eleven including Bangla, English, Islamic History and Culture, Economics, Political Science, Philosophy, Management, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics lack teachers to teach.

Moreover, the positions of librarian, computer operator, and laboratory assistant also remain vacant.

The authorities concerned are yet to pay any heed to the crisis, let alone work to resolve it.

The classes, and examinations for five academic years have become a mammoth task for these four teachers, who are also discharging the responsibilities of the administration. 

While trying to uncover the existing teacher problem or lack thereof, this correspondent found that there was no recruitment of any teachers. Moreover, many senior teachers have transferred to other districts for inadequate residential allotment for teachers by the college authorities.

When asked about the college, some students said: "This is the only public college in the upazila, yet for an inadequate number of teachers we have no classes to attend. So we pass our time chatting, and hanging out with friends."

It is a matter of great regret that, owing to session jams, students cannot complete their education on time, students added.

Acting Principal Abu Kaiser said: "We are barely able to run the college with only four teachers. We had notified the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education office several times, but they have yet to take any action in this regard. We are doing our best to improve the situation."

He, however, denied the allegations raised by the students regarding session jam, and said students are completing their education on time.

The institution which was established following the Liberation War in 1972 was declared a public college in 1992. Since then, the college lacked proper facilities, and adequate teachers, locals said. 

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