A total of 293 posts of headmaster and 704 posts of assistant teacher in government primary schools in the district have been lying vacant for a long time which is hampering education seriously.
Sources at District Primary Education Office said there are a total of 1,219 government primary schools in all eleven upazilas in the district. Of them, 293 schools are running without headmasters and the required number of assistant teachers.
The vacant posts of headmasters included 32 in Sadar upazila, 34 in Mohadevpur, 29 in Niyamatpur, 28 in Patnitala, 22 in Dhamoirhat, 20 in Sapahar, 20 in Porsha, 23 in Raninagar, 22 in Atrai, 27 in Badalgachi, and 36 in Manda.
Moreover, the vacant posts of assistant teacher included 80 in Sadar upazila, 95 in Niyamatpur, 68 in Mohadevpur, 65 in Patnitala, 48 in Dhamoirhat, 54 in Sapahar, 45 in Porsha, 65 in Raninagar, 54 in Atrai, 55 in Badalgachi, and 75 in Manda.
Acting headmaster of Ramnagar Government Primary School under Atrai upazila Proshanta Kumar said he is facing difficulties in performing his duty as headmaster due to lack of experience.
"It is very tough to continue duty as assistant teacher and headmaster simultaneously", he added.
Due to absence of headmasters, education is seriously being hampered which is a great concern for the guardians of the students in the district.
Farid Uddin, guardian of a class II student in Sadar upazila, expressed concern over future of his son who is currently studying in a government primary school suffering for teacher shortage. He is thinking to shift his son to a private school soon.
District Primary Education Officer AKM Amirul Islam said according to the recruitment policy, 35% of the headmaster posts would be filled by direct recruitment while the rest would be filled by promoting assistant teachers.
Although Directorate of Primary Education (DPE) had made some direct recruitments, the entire promotion process have been put on hold due to the court cases. The DPE has been working to figure out a solution to the crisis. The appointment process in the schools is delaying also for introduction of new method.
The existing teachers crisis would be mitigated after completion of appointment procedure of 275 assistant teachers and requisite number of headmasters to the vacant posts of primary schools in the district, he added.