No headmaster in 881 Cumilla govt primary schools
7 April 2018, Nirapad News: A total of 881 government primary schools in 16 upazilas are in operation without headmasters, hampering the academic and administrative activities of the schools, reports UNB.
The posts fell vacant since retirement of some teachers and complexities in the recruitment process.
Officials at the District Primary Education office, said there are some 2,102 primary schools and among these, posts of headmasters in 881 schools while posts of assistant teachers in 837 schools remained vacant.
The officials said some 24 posts of headmasters and 67 assistant teachers fell vacant in Adarsha Sadar upazila, 26 headmasters and 30 assistant teachers in Laksham upazila, 80 headmasters and 15 assistant teachers in Debidwar upazila, 74 headmasters and 68 assistant teachers in Muradnagar upazila, 72 headmasters and 133 assistant teachers in Daudkandi upazila, 73 headmasters and 18 assistant teachers in Barura upazila, 21 headmasters and six assistant teachers in Burichong upazila, 39 headmasters and 18 assistant teachers in Chandina upazila, 32 headmasters and 43 assistant teachers in Homna upazila, 74 headmasters and 140 assistant teachers in Nangolkot upazila, 33 headmasters and 43 assistant teachers in Meghna upazila, 53 headmasters and 92 assistant teachers in Manoharganj upazila, 92 headmasters and 27 assistant teachers in Titash upazila.
The school authorities concerned are running their academic activities with the senior assistant teachers, making them overburdened. They could not take their regular classes properly due to extra pressure.
Officials said 35 per cent posts of headmaster in government primary schools are filled up through recruitment while the rest 65 are filled up through promotion.
The posts of headmaster have been lying vacant for a long period due to complexities in the recruitment process. In some cases, the posts of headmasters are lying vacant for 7/8 years.
Contacted, district assistant education officer, Kazi Mafiz Uddin, said filling up the vacant posts of headmasters from the assistant teachers are underway at the Directorate of Primary Education and necessary steps will be taken after getting the list from the DPE.