School’s relocation hampers academic activities in Kurigram
KURIGRAM, Sept 13: The relocation of Bidyananda Lower Secondary School in Bidyananda Union of Rajarhat Upazila due to Teesta River erosion is threatening academic life of the students.
Besides, allegations have been raised against Head Teacher of the school Loknath Barman that he has illegally sold five rain trees, 10 mahogany trees and 10 eucalyptus trees worth Taka 3 lakh and 20,000 bricks worth Taka 1.60 lakh and embezzled the money. Local people are frustrated as they got no result despite informing the matter to local administration.
Sources said the school was built on 30 decimals of land in 1991 and included in Monthly Pay Order in the same year. There are 10 staffs including head teacher and assistant teachers at the school. Besides, there are 37 students in class six, 30 in class seven and 27 in class eight. Of them, 19 are getting stipend.
As Teesta River erosion threatened the school in June of last year, it was transferred to the land of Tyeb Khan Government Primary School. Deputy commissioner of Kurigram donated Taka 30,000 and 10 bundles of corrugated iron sheet to construct new building for the school on the new location. But, after some days, the school's teachers decided to relocate the school to about five kilometre away in Taltola area of Nazim Khan Union.
Meanwhile, students' presence has reached to about zero after the relocation. As a result, the guardians are worried about their children's academic life.
While investigating, it was found that the daily rooster of classes from six to eight since relocation last year till August 14 of this year has been found nil. But, full presence was shown and the students got stipend and the teachers also withdrew salary.
Residents of Tyeb Khan Village Aminur Islam and Abdul Hye alleged, "The head teacher has relocated the school for his own interest. We wanted to donate land for the school, but he refused. We filed written complaint to different authorities, but there was no solution."
School students- Ripa Rani, Jasmine Akhter and Maidul said, "Many students have stopped going to school as it is far from our union and the communication is also not good. We now work with our parents in our lands."
Acting Head Teacher of Tyeb Khan Government Primary School Abdullah Al Mamun said, "After the Bidyananda Lower Secondary School was transferred to our school's land, classes were taken for few months in a tin-shed house. But, suddenly the classes stopped. After some days, we came to know that the school was relocated to Taltola. The school authority has not taken away some of their furniture."
While asked, Head Teacher of Bidyananda Lower Secondary School Loknath Barman denied allegations brought against him but could not give any fruitful answer about irregular classes.
While asked about relocation, he said, getting no permission, they had to transfer the school to Nazi Khan Union. Upazila Secondary Education Officer Ashraf-uz-Zaman Sarker said he doesn't know whether there is any barrier to relocation.
Upazila Nirbahi Officer Muhammad Rashedul Haque Prodhan said, "The relocation of the school has been discussed in the monthly coordination meeting where the discussants said the matter will be solved through further discussion. If the matter is not solved in this way, we will take legal steps."