In the name of the executive committee, faction trading works

Those who sit on the management (board committee) of an educational institution should improve the quality of the institution. But it is often seen that the committee members are more concerned with their own development than with improving the quality of the organization. They get involved in various interests including spreading influence in educational institutions, favoritism, party favors, admissions trade, recruiting trade, misappropriation of purchase money. The advice of experts in this regard is that qualified and honest people free from political influence should be given a place in the management committee for improving the quality of educational institutions.

Recently, there have been complaints about various irregularities in the Manipur High School and College in the Mirpur area of ​​the capital. Letters about these complaints have also been sent to the Dhaka Education Board and the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (MAUSHI). The main complaint is that a group is trying to control the educational institution ‘at will’. The Dhaka Education Board investigation found that the Board of Directors broke the rules and extended the term of office of Farhad Hossain (Principal) even after he reached the age of 60 (contractually). The parents argue that the board is behind this.

Currently, the Dhaka Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board has written to Maushi to take steps to appoint an Acting Director in the institution. It is said that since May 23 last year there is no management committee in Manipur High School and College.

Meanwhile, news came through social media, on September 28, senior lecturer (English) of the institution. Mustafizur Islam has been appointed as Acting Director by the Ad Hoc Executive Committee. The ordinance signed by the chairman of the committee, Professor Rasheda Akhtar, is discussed and criticized among parents and teachers. They say that the committee of the institution that is not recognized by the government, how that committee appoints the acting director? It is known that the Dhaka Education Board has already given instructions to create a new committee of the institution.

Like Manipur School and College, the responsibility for unsolicited information in private educational institutions rests with the Board of Governors. Even if everything in the institution is controlled by the government, the government has no control over the institution.

The government is known to bear almost all costs including the salaries and allowances of the teachers and employees of schools-colleges-madrasas-technical educational institutions belonging to private MPOs. From books to students, all the furniture including chairs-tables, benches, various educational materials, new construction, renovation of buildings, training costs of teachers, etc. is provided by the government. A large part of the allocation of the Ministry of Education is spent in these sectors. But these institutions are overseen by the private board of directors/committees. They get involved in various irregularities and corruption through political influence. Teachers are also under their influence. Educational institutions are questioned in their various activities.

Speaking to the teachers, it is known that at some point when the government did not pay the full salary, the commission was required to collect the salary from the teachers. Community members sat on school committees. Now no one comes to the committee for that noble cause. They join mainly out of self-interest. While their role is questioned, their necessity in the organization has been questioned.

In this context, pedagogue emeritus Professor Sirajul Islam Chowdhury said that nothing will be done by the commission to change. In fact, society must change. What happens in society is that educated people are more corrupt. There are also reports of corruption against a highly skilled headmaster. The government should pay attention to the involvement of qualified and honest people in the committees of educational institutions.

Educational professor Mozammel Haque Chowdhury said reforms in the committee should be made by keeping discussion and criticism above. However, to remove the grounds for criticism of the committees, it is necessary to appoint honest, educated people who are free from political influence.

According to the rules, the education board is responsible for the maintenance of the schools. The officials of the board indicated that they should be more concerned with the appointment or removal of the management or governing body of various educational institutions than with the time they spend on public inquiry. There are thousands of cases before the committee. All this wastes the time of the administration. Instead of this committee, they think there will be a lot of order if the education administration officials at the government level become a coordinating committee.

In this regard, two top officials of the Dhaka Education Board, who declined to be named, said there is no need for such committees in educational institutions. The Ministry of Education has the authority to manage these institutions. Educational institutions face various problems due to the executive board.

There are many known cases of money being funneled under different names of educational institutions with fake account vouchers. There are not a few cases of withdrawing money without renovation work. There was a stir over the leak of a telephone conversation between a member of the school committee and the principal of a renowned school in Bailey Road. While the former director of this institution, the governing body illegally took money in the name of various works. The Institutions Inspection and Audit Directorate (DIA) under the Ministry of Education has investigated the matter. A review of at least 30 such investigative reports by the DIA found that at least 28 of them identified the governing body and management committee as the root cause of the institution’s irregularities. These commissions have embezzled millions of rupees.

An investigation by the Ministry of Education at Habibullah Bahar College in the capital has found that the governing body of the college and the committee formed under various names have taken Tk 20 lakh 15 thousand in the name of honor in the three fiscal years from 2017-18.

A former president of the governing body of the capital’s Sheikh Borhanuddin Post Graduate College used to receive an average of 65 thousand taka a month.

In this regard, the chairman of the Dhaka Education Board, Professor Tapan Kumar Sarkar, said: ‘If irregularities are found against a governing body, the board has the power to dissolve that committee.’

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