No unilateral decisions
Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday directed the officials of his ministry to have discussions with him before making any decisions, especially on major issues.
The directive came following allegations that some officials of the ministry are making decisions on their own, keeping the minister in the dark.
In the latest case of such practice, things got messed up over the online college admission process. There has been displeasure among students and guardians over the complications of the new system.
The government this year initiated the process for all colleges for the first time. It also decided that the education boards would publish a list of the students, specifying the colleges where they are to be enrolled.
But the entire system turned out to be a nightmare for more than 11 lakh admission seekers and their guardians for lack of adequate preparations on the part of the government.
Seeking anonymity, an education ministry official said there has been a rift between the minister and Education Secretary Nazrul Islam Khan over the college admission issue.
Before preparing the admission policy, Nahid had given written instructions to bring under the online admission system only those colleges that have over 300 seats, as many colleges were not technically equipped to cope with this digitisation.
But the secretary disregarded the minister's instructions and issued the admission guidelines in his absence, said the official.
Contacted, Nahid said the rules of business of the government clearly stated the authority of a minister. "I have to make all the important decisions and take responsibility for every move," he said.