Sahidul Islam Nirab, Sarishabari
An assistant teacher of Kuthirhat Government Primary School at village Charhatbari in Sarishabari upazila of Jamalpur district has been absent from classes for over two years as the upazila education officer (UEO) has engaged him in operating computer at his office, resulting in hampering education of the school kids.
During a visit to the school, assistant teacher Shahinur Islam was found absent in the school without leave. Moreover, there was no signature of the teacher for years on the teachers' attendance book . He has not been given any class where as each of five other teachers have to take seven classes from pre-primary to class five in two shifts from 9.30am to 12.00pm (morning shift) and from 12.15pm to 4.15pm (day shift) daily, said acting head teacher of the school Syedur Rahman. Asked, why the teacher was not given any class, he said "The teacher has been engaged by the upazila education officer Mohammad Ferdous in operating computer at his office." An assistant upazila education officer (AUEO) seeking anonymity said he has been observing the situation since 2014.
Naresh Kumar Bishwas, member of the school managing committee (SMC) told this correspondent that the SMC members had requested the upazila education officer to bring Shahinur back to classes, but he did not pay heed to them. Contacted by cell phone, assistant teacher Shahinur said. "I have been assigned with verbal order." Contacted, Mohammad Ferdous, Sarishabari upazila education officer admitted the matter partially and said, "I have sometimes engaged the teacher in operating the computer at my office."