Teacher shortage, graft grip Mohipur college
Academic and administrative activities of Mohipur Haji Mohsin Government College in Panchbibi upazila of Joypurhat are badly hampered as the institution, beset with various problems including shortage of teachers, also faces corruption charges.
Maulana Abdul Hamid Khan Bhashani founded the college in 1969 on 11 acres of land at Mohipur village, around three kilometres away from Panchbibi upazila headquarters.
The college, nationalised in 1982, now conducts Higher Secondary Certificate courses and four-year honours courses in six subjects. Around 4,500 students are studying there.
On October 26, an investigation committee headed by Prof Dr Abdul Mannan Sarkar, director of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education in Rajshahi region, submitted to the higher authorities a report on the corruption allegation against a few teachers and officials of the college.
However, the findings of the report are yet to be known.
Earlier, teachers and students brought fund embezzlement allegation against Barzahan Ali, principal of the college, and Babul Akter, an accountant, and the latter spent some time in jail following allegation of his involvement in fund embezzlement through forgery.
Contacted, the college principal refuted the corruption allegation against him.
There are only 24 teachers against 51 posts at the college and most of them frequently skip their classes in absence of proper monitoring, said college sources.
A departmental head allegedly skip his college duty, including classes, most of the year as he travels to meet his family members, now living in Australia, they added.
There is serious classroom shortage at the college and it did not have any librarian since its establishment, said a teacher.
There is no dormitory for the students and the only bus is too inadequate to cope with the large number of students commuting to and from the college, said Mahmud Hossain Mamun, an honours second year student.
The officials and staff have to work in the dilapidated college administrative building that was declared unfit ten years ago, said the officials.
The students alleged that the college authorities realise Tk 500 from each student as annual bus fare although there is only one bus.
There are no recreation facilities and annual sports arrangement at the college, but the authorities realise annual fees from the students for the purpose, and additional fees are realised from the students during every examinations, whatever it is held under Rajshahi education board or National University, they said.
Fund embezzlement in the name of renovation of college building and felling trees at the college campus is rampant, they added.
Vice Principal Aminul Islam declined to make any comment over the allegations of corruption and irregularities.