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PRIVATE SCHOOL COACHING

Teachers question ACC move

Anti-graft body recommends punishment against 97 teachers
HARUN UR RASHID
Teachers question ACC move

The Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) yesterday requested the Cabinet Division to take action against 97 teachers of eight schools in the capital for their alleged involvement in private coaching, a move that has drawn flak among many teachers. A section of senior teachers of some renowned Dhaka schools told The Independent yesterday that the ACC has no authority to recommend punishment as the guidelines, framed in 2012, only stipulate that a schoolteacher can teach a maximum of 10 students of other schools. There is no provision for punishment in the guidelines.

The teachers also said when teachers of public universities are allowed to teach in other universities or do consultancy in different organisations why schoolteachers will not be allowed to do so. The teachers came up with the reactions as the ACC yesterday sent a letter to the Cabinet Division for taking punitive measures against 97 teachers of four government and four non-government schools.

Among the non-government schools, 36 teachers are from Ideal School and College, 24 from Motijheel Model School and College, seven from Viqarunnesa Noon School and College, and five from RAJUK School and College.

Among the government schools, 12 teachers are from Motijheel Govt Boys High School, four from Motijheel Govt Girls High School, eight from Govt Laboratory High School and one from Khilgaon Govt High School.

The letter has pointed out that since there has been no law to stop the coaching, VAT or tax is not realised from the earnings of private coaching or tuition. This has given teachers the opportunity to enjoy unethical income and  

illegal money. Besides, students learn only a few questions prepared by teachers and never go through textbosoks before writing their exams.

Asked for her reaction, acting principal of Motijheel Model School and College Selina Shamsi said, “If a doctor can practise in various clinics and hospitals and if a university teacher can teach in other educational institutions, what’s wrong with schoolteachers who have much training and field experience?”

“We will, however, welcome any move against teachers who are involved in coaching [business] during their duty hours or show any negligence in duties,” she said. Asked about her teachers found responsible in the ACC’s letter, Selina Shamsi said: “The report is not correct. It has been prepared on the basis of old data.”

There has been no law to ban coaching centres, and the government has not been able to enact the draft ‘education law’ where coaching and private tuition by schoolteachers would be considered as punishable offence, said a senior teacher of a secondary school.

“Schoolteachers do not have adequate income and private tuition helps them get some additional benefits to run their families, he added.

Abdul Khaleque, headmaster of Government Laboratory High School, said: “Teachers can run coaching centres under the existing law. I don’t see any offence if a school teacher do coaching after discharging their duties during school hours.”

“The ACC recommendation will create panic among teachers and eventually affect the education of students. Before taking any decision, the matter should be investigated properly,” he added.  He also said that many persons who are not school teachers are running coaching centres at every nook and corner, but the government is not taking any action against them.

“I don’t know what is in the ACC report. They might recommend administrative steps. But private coaching can’t be stopped overnight. It needs concerted efforts,” said Prof. IK Selim Ullah Khondaker, principal of Kabi Nazrul Government College. “The government can monitor teachers during the school hours. What they do after that must not be any concern of the government. But a guideline is necessary to stop the mushrooming of coaching centres,” he added.

“Some college teachers too offer coaching to students. But their number is very low. The magnitude of private coaching at the school level is very high,” said Prof. IK Selim Ullah Khondaker, who is also the president of the BCS General Education Association.

He also said that schoolteachers must be given more benefits so that they can concentrate on classroom teaching.

Earlier, in June 2012, the education ministry had issued a circular to all schools, colleges and madrasas with a guideline to stop unauthorised coaching at their educational institutions. The guideline said teachers at their own educational institutions would not be allowed to provide private tuition and coaching to students. They were allowed to give tuition to not more than 10 students of other institutions at their houses after receiving prior permission from the heads of their educational institutions.

When contacted, a high official of ACC said, “The volume of allegations against university teachers is much higher than that of schoolteachers. But we are not dealing with the matter right at this moment”. He, however, declined to explain the details.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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