SYLHET, Jan 15 (UNB): Primary textbooks, published by the National Curriculum and Textbook Board (NCTB) for current academic season, are being sold at the open markets in the district at high prices.
Book distribution programme began here on January 5. A number of schools of Sadar and Golapganj Upazilas have already received textbooks while schools of other Upazilas are yet to get those.
But mysteriously the textbooks have already reached the hands of the local businessmen.
According to a market survey, a set of textbooks of class-I is being sold at Tk 50 while each set of books of class-II to V between Tk 200 and Tk 250.
The government allocated about 1.30 million textbooks for free distribution in the district but local people apprehended that the students might face book crisis this year due to this black marketing.
Meanwhile: A large number of posts of teacher in different government primary schools and of officials in education department are lying vacant in the district hampering academic activities seriously.
There are 1,066 government primary schools, 195 non-government registered schools and 113 community schools in the district where 0.38 million students are receiving education.
But due to vacant posts of teacher, the students are being deprived of proper education facilities. Education related activities like inspection of schools, information collection and teachers' training are also being hampered due to long- time absence of a number of officials in the education department.
Official sources said 41 out of 1,066 posts of headmaster, 206 out of 2,990 posts of assistant teacher, four out of 12 posts of upazila education officer and 39 out of 69 posts of assistant education officer remained vacant in different upazilas of the district.
Besides, 24 posts of office assistant are lying vacant in upazila education offices since long.