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Over 20,000 students allege manipulation

Class V scholarship results
Over 20,000 students allege manipulation

A huge section of students who have not obtained scholarships in Class V have levelled allegations of manipulations in their scholarship results. They have demanded re-evaluation of their results, but officials concerned said they are examining the matter and have not detected any irregularities yet.
Sources said at least 20,000 letters levelling allegations have been submitted by such deprived students to the district primary offices (DPOs) across the country and the Directorate of Primary Education (DPE). On April 11, the government had announced the scholarships on the basis of their results following the completion of their primary education. A total of 82,500 students was awarded scholarships from different primary schools across the country. Soon after the scholarships were announced, the aggrieved students started submitting allegation letters to the DPO and the DPE, seeking re-evaluation of their results.
The aggrieved students alleged that many of the students have obtained the scholarships even though they were not worthy. They accused a section of teachers of having manipulated the results to get the scholarships. The field-level officers are also involved in the
scam, they alleged.  These deprived students also alleged that though they had filed letters in connection with their allegations and sought re-evaluation of results, the district offices did not pay heed to the protests.
Sources in the DPE said the students and guardians have expressed their dissatisfaction as many meritorious students have failed to obtain scholarships. As a result, a huge number of letters of allegations has been submitted to the DPOs. Some have been directly sent to the DPE, the sources said.
The number of letters levelling allegations would be around 20,000, which is quite a big figure and quite unprecedented, the sources observed.
A guardian, Abdul Barek Mia, alleged that his son, Ashiqur Rahman, was the first boy in all classes and had obtained GPA-5 in the PEC examinations. “My son did not get scholarships but students with results lower than his have obtained scholarships,” he added.
“This is a deception. My son is the topper in his class,” he complained.
In Gaibandha district, guardians have levelled allegations of irregularities in connection with hundreds of students in connection with scholarships.
Moazzem Hossain, a teacher, said the students who have achieved the best results in all classes were not in the list of scholarships. But many students whose results are poor have obtained scholarships, he complained.
He alleged that some teachers, in connivance with some dishonest employees of the district and upazila education offices, were involved in the manipulation of results for scholarships.
Abdur Razzak, a guardian of Jessore district, alleged that his son Tanveer Ferdous has obtained GPA-5, yet other students whose results are below him have obtained scholarships. “My son has become ill, both physically and mentally. That is why I have filed an application for the re-evaluation of the results,” he added.
Naogaon district primary officer AKM Amirul Islam told The Independent that he has received information from the upazila primary officers of Sapara, Porsha and Sadar that many guardians would file applications in this connection. “Such a thing did not occur in the past. But such a huge number of allegations have been filed this time. We will re-evaluate the applications,” he added.
Biswajit Kumar Saha, assistant DPO in Bogra, said, “The guardians of Zila School and VM School organised a human chain soon after the scholarship results as their children did not get scholarships despite being the best students in the class. They submitted a memorandum seeking re-evaluation of the results.”
He, however, said as per the DPE, there is no scope for re-evaluating the scholarship results from this year as it causes great trouble for all.
DPE director-general Abu Hena Md Mostafa Kamal told The Independent that they have received a huge number of allegations. “We are looking into the matter. However, we have not got any such evidence of irregularities. We will take necessary measures if any irregularities are detected,” he added.
He also said, “It’s not that students who get GPA-5 will automatically get scholarships. There are certain indicators to determine the scholarships. Many persons have raised questions without understanding it.” A total of 82,500 students who passed the Primary Terminal Examinations in 2016 have obtained scholarships this year. Of the total, 33,000 students got scholarships in the talent pool, while the rest 49,500 got them under the general grade.



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