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Jewel Mia Nadim: Mymensingh Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board was established as the 11th Board of Education in the country before five year. The board has been operating in two rented buildings since its inception. As it does not have its own building, the authorities have to struggle to carry out its activities. There are also important documents at risk. Besides, various services of the board are being hampered due to lack of adequate manpower.
Meanwhile, in spite of various adversities, Mymensingh Board of Education became the first in the country to pass the SSC last year.
It is learned that Mymensingh Board of Secondary and Higher Education officially started its journey on 31 December 2016 with the four districts of Mymensingh, Netrokona, Sherpur and Jamalpur.
Mymensingh Education Board Chairman Prof. Dr. Gazi Hasan Kamal said, ‘Currently, the activities of the board are going on in two separate buildings in Kathgola of the city. The distance from one office to another is about half a kilometer. Officers and employees have to work in coordination in the two offices. Meanwhile, they have to worry about adequate security as they do not have their own building. Although we are ensuring maximum security for important documents. It would have been easier if we had our own building.
He added, ‘140 manpower has been proposed for this education board. At present 33 people are working here. The activities are being carried out day and night with a small number of manpower. Since the two buildings are separate, one has to work from one building to another. The place is not getting crowded either.
SM Mobashbir Hossain, Deputy Controller of Examinations (Higher Secondary) of Mymensingh Board of Secondary and Higher Education said, ‘There are about three thousand educational institutions under Mymensingh Board of Education. Although we have gained some momentum in conducting activities in the narrow building, we are able to do it by coordination. An application has been made to the Ministry for overall facilities. If they are implemented, hopefully the problem will go away.
Deputy Secretary Administration and Establishment Mohammad Moniruzzaman said, “The computer lab is not functioning properly now due to lack of space. The biggest problem is when the power goes out. All education boards have uninterrupted power flow. He is not getting the benefit as we do not have our own office. Millions of students have to scan their marksheets. The result of each test is to be published on the due date. But when the power goes out, you have to suffer. Important work is also stuck.
Mymensingh Board of Secondary and Higher Education Chairman Prof. Gazi Hasan Kamal said, ‘Recently an application has been made to the Divisional Commissioner for 10 acres of land to set up an office of the Board of Education at the Divisional Headquarters on the other side of the Brahmaputra River. However, we can get about six acres of land to build a modern education board. A master plan for building a modern education board has already been prepared by an education engineer.
Apart from the construction of ten-storey building, there will be all kinds of facilities including playground, godown, mosque, ware house, canteen, conference room, rest house, school and college, Shaheed Minar, Bangabandhu Corner.
He added, “Although there are no facilities in the management of the board, we are ahead of other boards in terms of results. Our target education is to be one in the country.
Additional Divisional Commissioner (Overall) of Mymensingh Division Mohammad Anwar Hossain said, “Acquisition of land for setting up of divisional offices is awaiting approval at ECNEC meeting.” We hope that with the speedy approval, the work of the divisional headquarters on the other side of the Brahmaputra river will start. The work of setting up an education board there will also be important.
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