A week ago, we celebrated the results of the first-ever private university ranking in Bangladesh, which gave a promising outlook on private higher education.
The survey analysis further highlighted the importance of good teachers and found that the best universities had the most qualified teachers and fewer students per teacher.
But nothing was said about the discrepancy between a private and a public university education.
This discrepancy matters, because while private universities are getting ahead in every respect, the public education sectors languishes , widening the gap between the two systems.
According to the University Grants Commission (UGC) of Bangladesh, public universities are suffering from an acute shortage of teachers, the most appalling case in point being Begum Rokeya University with a student faculty ratio of 1:67.
The shortage is even more striking in light of the number of public universities compared to private universities in the country.
There are currently 40 public universities and 95 private universities listed on the UGC website, and of these institutions, public universities are riddled with a host of other problems, particularly student politics, which could be dissuading qualified teachers.
But before recommendations can be made, it is imperative that the UGC conduct further evaluations to find out what is causing the shortage and any other related or underlying problems.
Simply recruiting a large number of teachers may not be the appropriate solution at this point, not without first establishing why there is a shortage to begin with and how the shortage affects learning outcomes.