A major trade has begun with higher education permits for Class III employees of the Department of Secondary and Higher Education (MAUSI) and government schools and colleges. Under the rules, government employees are not allowed to pursue higher education in regular courses, except on secondment (permission to transfer or study from one government agency to another while still employed). While the training department of the Maushi Directorate follows the rules, the administration department does not follow them. There is the opportunity to take regular courses in private institutions without breaking the rules. And it is alleged that a syndicate of employees of the department seizes a large sum of money in this work.
When asked to know this, Director General of the Maushi Directorate, Professor Nehal Ahmed, told Desh Panwar: “Employees can take other courses, including BED at the Open University, if they wish. Because on public holidays there are classes and exams. Apart from that, they are generally not allowed to take admission into a regular course. However, if someone has given their consent, we will inquire and take action.”
According to Maushi sources, there has been no interest in higher education among the workers until now. But on August 22, 2021, the new recruitment rules of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (Employees) were published. There is an opportunity for promotion of third-rate employees to the position of Assistant Upazila Secondary Education Officer. It includes Chief Assistant, Accountant cum Head Assistant, Auditor, Chief Assistant cum Accountant or Scribe cum Computer Operator in grade 13 and Senior Assistant, Chief Assistant cum Accountant, Chief Assistant, Accountant cum Clerk or Accountant, Cashier cum Computer Operator in grade 14 or personal assistants annex shorthand typists are promoted. They get 20 percent of the total positions of Assistant Upazila Secondary Education Officers in the 10th grade. However, promotion to that position requires at least a Second Class Diploma or Bachelor’s Degree (BED) with seven years of work experience. After becoming aware of the promulgation of these rules a few days before, the workers basically began to receive higher education. Those who are second class in graduation do B.Ed. And those who graduate in the third grade do a master’s course together with BD
Maushi directorate sources said that if 20 percent of the total number of secondary upazila assistant officers is calculated, there is an opportunity for third-class workers to move to 99 positions. Apart from that, under the new rules, similar promotion opportunities have been created for employees in 17 other positions, including administrative officers in the 10th grade.
According to relevant sources, none of the class III employees typically have a BD degree. But because there is no possibility to access regular courses without sending government employees, a syndicate has been formed in this regard. They also provide access to regular courses in private educational institutions through the administration. More than 100 employees have already received permission for higher education. And for that, each worker had to pay two lakh to four lakh to that syndicate. However, the syndicate told employees that getting permission for higher education means promotion is almost certain. Because there are so many posts for promotion, higher education will be allowed. According to the syndicate, admission to regular courses has been suspended for two and a half months. Now only the Open University gets the chance to do BD. Only those who have obtained permission for higher education through the syndicate have been given the chance to do their PhD.
The higher education license trading syndicate is reportedly headed by four personal assistants (PAs) of the Director General of the Maushi Directorate, the Director of the Administration Department, the Deputy Director and the Deputy Director. In addition, there are one or two employees of the administration department in this syndicate. They are the ones who mainly trade with money.
An employee who recently came to apply for higher education, without revealing his name, told Desh Panwar: ‘In the past two to three years, permission has been given to do BE in private universities and affiliated colleges of national universities. You can only pass if you get admission there. And if the permission is now stopped again, then the promotion is assured of those who have received the permission. Our requirement is therefore to irregularly withdraw all previously granted permits.’
Article 6 of the higher education policy of the Ministry of Public Administration of 6 December 2015 stipulates that, according to the existing provisions, study leave for higher education can be granted for a maximum of two years. This leave can be granted for any period, also when made available. Study leave may be granted in connection with the secondment, even after completion of the secondment; In other words, it means that under no circumstances government employees have the opportunity to study in regular courses, except on temporary or study leave. However, there are several higher education assignments in the regular training of employees of the Maushi Directorate without secondment or study leave in the hands of land transformation. On July 6 of this year, Maushi will be a management typist cum computer operator. Haidul Islam, Muhammad Abul Kalam, a typist and computer operator from Mymensingh region and Mohammad Abdus Chalam were admitted to the BED program in Prime University Summer Semester-2022. Three conditions are given. That is, during the study, there should be no disruption in the performance of normal workplace duties, no TA/DA will be given to participate in the exam, and permission or leave of absence from the authorities should be obtained only for the exam. days taken. The order was signed by Vipul Chandra Biswas, deputy director (general administration) of the directorate.
On March 24 of this year, under the same conditions, high-ranking assistant to the Maushi Directorate. Motaher Hossain, typist Achma Parveen and data entry operator Parveen Akhtar were admitted to the master’s program in Islamic Studies at the Bangladesh People’s University. On February 19, 2020, Administrative Assistant of Lalbagh Government Model School and College Mohammad Ziaul Haque Akand and Clerk-cum-Clerk Shikdar Arifuzzaman were admitted to the MA course at Uttara University. Bookkeeper on February 16, 2020. Hasibul Alam Mirza, Md. Abdur Razzak Md. Mahbubul Alam and Md. Rajab Ali Khandkar got admission to BD course at Pundra University of Science and Technology, Bogra. On July 4, 2020, accountant Raghunath Pal, July 12, Sanjay Kumar Pal was admitted to the BD course at Pundra University of Science and Technology, Bogra.
In addition, data entry operator on December 8, 2019. Jamal Hossain, accountant Ismail Hossain, data entry operator. Mubarak Hossain, accountant cum registrar Abdul Qayyum, accountant Mohammad Yazul Haque, accountant Md. Rezaul Karim and Kazi. Armin was allowed to gain admission to BED courses in several private colleges under the National University. For example, many more employees are allowed to break the rules and register for regular courses. However, the Bachelor of Education (BEd) degree program is called a full-time degree program under Section 46 of the National University Act, 1992.
The Education Department of the Maushi Directorate provides higher education to teachers in government schools and colleges. But they don’t allow any teacher in the regular course. In an order issued on October 1, 2019, the assistant teacher of Shrivardi Government College in Sherpur. Morsheduzzaman was informed that his application for admission to the MPEd course at the University of Uttara could not be considered. In the comments of the order it is said that there is no possibility to take MPEd courses from private (Uttara University).
The Director of the Training Department of the Maushi Directorate. Praveer Kumar Bhattacharya told Desh Panwaram, ‘We allow teachers from government institutions to pursue higher education. However, there is no possibility to take any kind of course in private institutions while on the job. Our teachers who do not have BED are sent to do BED in government institutions. Apart from this, even if they get fellowship in another course, their mission is considered.