Staff Correspondent: The Anti-Corruption Commission has recommended transfer of 522 teachers of 24 government schools, saying they have been making money through private coaching centres for decades.
Those teachers have stayed put at the same institutions for 10 to 33 years in breach of the guideline for transfer every three years, ACC spokesperson Pranab Kumar Bhattacharya told yesterday, referring to an investigation. They have also violated the government instruction for the teachers to refrain from getting involved with private coaching centres, according to the report by a five-strong team, headed by ACC Director Mir Md Zainul Abedin.
The ACC launched the investigation in February after allegations surfaced that tens of millions of taka were embezzled through admitting students, private coaching centres and recruiting teachers illegally.
The report cites political influence, lobbying and unethical financial transactions as reasons behind the teachers’ remaining in the same institutions.
It says the teachers provided administrative officials with unethical facilities to remain in the same institutions for decades by earning a ‘huge’ amount of money through the private coaching centres.
The teachers compelled the students to study in their coaching centres, according to the report. The ACC investigators also recommended transferring the teachers, who are working at the same institutions for over 10 years, to schools outside Dhaka division.
Those working at the same institutions for more than five years should be transferred to schools outside the capital city and to other schools in the city in case of their being at the same schools for more than three years, the report says.
The investigators found seven district education officers were not stationed in district offices, but as headmasters of schools in Dhaka, Gazipur, Chittagong and Barisal.
The report recommends transferring them, but not as school teachers.