Assistant District Primary Education Officer of Khulna Tabibur Rahman said in 625 government primary schools in the district, 249 posts of teachers, including 108 of headmasters, haa been lying vacant for a long time.
Senior assistant teachers are working as acting headmasters in these institutions.
Meanwhile, 141 vacant posts of assistant teachers in the district are putting additional pressure on the remaining staff continuing the academic activities, he also said.
Rina Parveen, Sadar upazila primary education officer said in the city, 4O schools had been running without headmasters for long.
Shortage of teachers is seriously affecting the administrative works as well as the academic activities.
Shortage of teachers in the schools is making the students suffer a lot as over-burdened teachers are facing difficulties in delivering standard lessons in the classrooms.
Sabbir Ahmed Piyal, a government primary school’s class V student, said: “We have to rely on coaching centres as our over-burdened teachers cannot give us expected lessons.”
Headmistress (acting) of Labonchara Primary School in the city Shyila Khan said : “Due to teacher shortage, we are forced to share the duties of vacant teachers which compels us to deliver bellow standard lesions in the class.”
She also claimed that the teachers have to take Five to Six classes a day which makes them totally exhausted at the end of the day.
Teachers and guardians complained that number of teachers is fewer against the increasing number of students in maximum schools.
They demanded immediate appointment of teachers to the vacant posts.
Convener of Khulna Nagorik Samaj Advocate AFM Mohsin alleged that not only teacher shortage but also negligence in duties by a section of teachers in some government primary schools in both rural and urban areas is hampering education. Many teachers are found gossiping in the tea stalls during their duty period. Many of them do not attend their duties for days together.
He also said : “Many schools, on the other hand, close their academic activities before time, which the higher authorities overlook.”
District Primary Education Officer Parveen Jahan said: “ We are facing serious problem due to lack of headmasters in 108 schools. Students of these schools are being the worst sufferers due to lack of sufficient teachers.”