Jessore education board faces manpower crisis
Activities at Jessore Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board are seriously being hampered due to acute manpower shortage.
At least 105 posts, including those of deputy secretary, deputy controller of examinations and accountant, have been lying vacant for a long time, sources said.
At present the board is running with only 148 staff which is hampering its normal activities including holding of Junior Certificate Examinations, SSC and HSC examinations in 10 districts of Khulna division.
Board sources said, established in 1963, the organisation is entrusted with committee approval, holding examinations, publishing results and disbursing certificates of 4200 educational institutions of junior, secondary and higher secondary levels under the division.
Although the volume of work has increased over the years, its manpower has not been increased accordingly, they said.
They said, out of the total posts, seven of first class, seven second class, 64 third class and 27 fourth class employees are lying vacant.
The vacant first class posts include two of deputy secretary, three of deputy controller of examinations, one accountant and one assistant maintenance engineer.
The students and their guardians often face hassle in getting necessary services due to the manpower crisis.
Assistant Secretary (Administration) Atiar Rahman said, the results of the last Junior Certificate Examinations were made by Khulna University of Engineering and Technology (Kuet) due to manpower shortage. The board is now worried over publishing the next SSC and HSC results, he said.
Chairman of Jessore Education Board Prof Amirul Alam Khan said activities of all departments are being hampered for lack of sufficient manpower.
Although the education ministry was repeatedly informed over the matter but no action has yet been taken, he said.
He expressed the hope that the authorities would soon take necessary measures to fill up the vacant posts.