EVERYBODY looks for the right career path to establish himself or herself in the present very competitive world. Each person selects a particular career path. Presently, many are selecting information technology (IT) as such a chosen career path and wish to join an IT education centre in Bangladesh for the purpose.
But many allegations have surfaced about these IT education centres. Among the complaints, an outstanding one is that the centres promise them jobs on completion of courses. But the promises are not kept. The centres maintain that they admit students through proper tests. But ultimately anybody without the requisite English language knowledge or skill is admitted. The other problems are the crisis of competent IT teachers, non-completion of courses, the poor student-teacher ratio, etc.
This writer had first hand information about the state of IT education centres by visiting some of them and talking to a number of people. The views of the respondents are as follows :
IT centres give assurance of jobs after completing courses only for enrolment in them. After the end of courses, the IT institutions wants to avoid discussing such commitments though they make some attempts to establish contact between their students and some employer organisations. And the publicity about students being enrolled in these institutions through admission tests is a 100 per cent lie. The IT centres admit anybody. They decorate heavily to make an impression of international standard. Teachers for the IT centres are recruited from the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Computer Science Department of Dhaka University. Most of them are students there. Sometimes a limited number of teachers are recruited from India to teach important segments of courses according to curriculum.
These centres never complete courses according to schedule. The lessons are rushed. Besides, the number of practical classes are found far less compared to need and also despite the promise to hold greater number of practical classes because these are of greater value to students.
Only hand-picked outstanding students of IT centres are aided in getting jobs. Others don't get any support even after waiting month after month. Job assurance given by the IT centres are nothing but deceit. The centres draw students and take fat fees with attractive decorations and tempting advertisements but do little to produce really IT trained persons.
The centres do not keep their commitments in respect of completing course curriculum and in training up the students to become very competent. They rather complete courses in a hurry by modifying or changing them and the teaching methods.
Twin Tower, Shantinagar, Dhaka