Teachers-crisis have been acute in Sylhet Division where most government primary schools have been facing teacher’s shortage. According to Primary Education Regional Directorate, there are 4951 Govt. primary schools in Sylhet Division, of them 1507 schools are being run without headmasters while in-charges are officiating in those schools.
In Sylhet district alone, 1204 govt. primary school teacher’s post haven lying vacant since long. The schools having neither headmaster nor assistant teachers are facing hardship in teaching students. Many schools having two shifts- pre-primary to class 2 (two) are run in morning shift while class 3 to 5 are run in day shift. So the schools having only one teacher and two teachers cannot run the concerned schools smoothly.
Besides, taking regular classes, the teachers are destined to undergo child-survey, data-collection for school students’ stipend, updating voters list by Election Commission and other information’s for government offices. As a result, class-room teaching is acutely hampered, for which students are preferring staying indoors in lieu of coming to school. In Sylhet District alone, out of 1452 govt. primary schools, 461 ones are being run without headmasters.
Although 585 teachers have been recruited in March last, 66 posts of assistant teachers have remained vacant since long. In Moulvibazar District, out of 1044 govt. primary schools, in 257 govt. schools, headmaster’s posts have been lying vacant. After recent recruitment, 35 posts of assistant teachers are lying vacant too. In Sunamgonj District, out 1426 govt. primary schools, 539 schools have no posted headmasters and 653 assistant teachers’ posts have been lying vacant. In Habigonj District, out of 1029 govt. primary schools, 250 posts of headmasters have been lying vacant in equal number of schools. Another 450 posts of assistant teachers have also been lying vacant in Habigonj district.