Scourge of fake teachers and certificates
The Directorate of Inspection and Audit (DIA) under the education ministry has identified fake certificates of at least 760 teachers in non-government educational institutions across the country. DIA officials have been reported to have checked the bachelor's, master's and diploma certificates as well as those offered by the Non-government Teachers' Registration and Certification Authority (NTRCA). Of the 760 teachers, 511 obtained fake certificates from the NTRCA, 193 managed diploma certificates on computer and 56 have fake Bachelor of Education (BEd) certificates.
Obtaining fake NTRCA certificates are not possible without the active involvement of NTRCA high-ups. Also according to media sources, there are proof that there is a certain degree of NTRCA engagement in the fraudulence. However, Fake certificates are not acceptable on any count. We expect the ministry of education to take tougher measures against fake teachers not only of the secondary level non-government institutions but of all academic institutions - public and private.
If certificates are scrutinised, as it should be, by the authorities of the district education office, the propensity to use fake certificates will also decline. In fact, this is not the first time that the embarrassment has occurred. In late 20016, DIA authorities identified over 600 errant school, college and Madrasa teachers in the country.
Had the alarm bell had been rung then - it would have been difficult to access fake certificates. That said - Nilkhet of Dhaka is reportedly the haven for making fake certificates. Hardly a day passes without producing fake certificates here. Also fake trade licenses are made in the City Corporation Market. Some employees of DCC are involved in this cheating. The makers of fake certificates must face deterrent punishment. Members of the law enforcement agencies must play their due role in this matter. Besides, spreading mass awareness can help prevent this malpractice.
It's truly alarming that so many fake NTRCA certificates have been detected for the second time. That people with fake academic certificates and falsified identifications are doing jobs in different organizations and engaged in different ways of earnings - is increasingly becoming a matter of serious concern. And especially the matter is even worse when it comes to recruiting primary and secondary level teachers. Fake teachers not only compromise quality of education but also mar the sanctity of the teaching profession.