Around 28,832 posts of headteacher and assistant teacher remain vacant in primary schools as of December 2019, said State Minister for Primary and Mass Education Zakir Hossain yesterday.
The junior minister said this in parliament while responding to a question from Awami League MP Mamunur Rashid.
In the scripted answer, he said of the vacant posts, 7,018 are for headteacher while 21,814 for assistant teacher.
The state minister said appointment letters have been issued in name of selected candidates to appoint 18,147 assistant teachers. They will join soon.
Regarding vacant posts of headteacher, he said a letter has been sent to the Public Service Commission (PSC) for direct recruitment.
Promotion to the post remained stopped due to a pending case. The government, however, continues to appoint assistant teachers as headteachers on the basis of seniority, he added.
Responding to a question from treasury bench lawmaker M Abdul Latif, the state minister said 1,79,717 teachers were appointed in primary schools between 2009 and 2018.
In reply to a query from AL MP Afzal Hossain, he said the AL government was successful in preventing school dropouts in primary education, which became 18.6 percent in 2018. It used to be 39.8 percent in 2010.
Responding to a question from AL MP Benjir Ahmed, the state minister said according to the national education policy, the government has taken measures to start primary education up to eighth grade. The government has already given approval to 783 primary schools in this regard.
Responding to a question from reserved seat MP Syeda Rubina Akhter, Education Minister Dipu Moni said work is underway to set up 65,600 multimedia classrooms in selected educational institutions.