Teacher crisis bars 28 Gopalganj schools from functioning fully
GOPALGANJ, July 13: Teacher crisis is preventing 28 government primary schools from functioning fully in five upazilas of the district.
The ruling government took a project titled "Establishing primary schools in 1,500 villages without school" on June, 2010. Under the project, 28 primary schools were set up in five upazilas of Gopalganj. But due to teacher crisis, the schools could not start their activities completely in nine years.
Despite setting up academic buildings at the schools from 2014 to 2016, no teacher has been appointed in five schools including three in Jalalabad Union of Sadar Upazila. As a result, it is creating obstacle in local academic arena.
Students from rural areas of Jalalabad Union have to walk about three kilometres to go to school. Though they have schools in their village, but those were not started yet due to teacher crisis, so they have to go to the school of a neighbouring village.
Locals are also disappointed as the schools could not be started fully. In this connection, they urged the authority concerned several times, but found no result. Besides, due to lack of supervision for long, furniture of these academic buildings is being damaged day by day.
At least 20 schools among 28, which were built under the project, are in stalemate. Only one or two teachers are working in these schools.
According to District Education Office, there are 28 such schools in the district. Of those, there are no teachers at five schools, only one teacher at each of nine schools, two teachers at one school, three teachers at each of six schools, four teachers at each of three schools, and five teachers at each of four schools.
District Education Officer Ananda Kishor Saha said they would overcome the crisis soon by recruiting teachers.