The qualification for female candidates applying for assistant teachers in government primary schools has been raised to Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC).
The government has also decided to upgrade posts of primary school headmasters to second class and raise salaries of the assistant teachers.
Joint Secretary of the education ministry Santos Kumar Adhikari told bdnews24.com a gazette notification about this decision will be issued soon.
At present, female candidates with Secondary School Certificate (SSC) and males with graduation can apply for job as assistant teachers.
The eligibility bar is being revised by amending the 1991 government policy for appointment of primary school teachers.
Adhikari said the Ministry of Public Administration and the Public Service Commission (PSC) had approved the education ministry’s proposal to raise qualification requirements for female candidates.
“The Prime Minister has approved it after the law ministry’s vetting,” he said.
“The amended policy will come into effect after the President’s approval,” the Joint Secretary said.
The education ministry has agreed to elevate the posts of the government primary school teachers to second class and the finance ministry has agreed to revise salary structure of the assistant teachers.
“A gazette will be published soon after we get the finance ministry’s clearance,” Adhikari said.
Both the headmasters and assistant teachers of the government primary schools are currently graded third. But the headmasters’ salaries are one step higher.
At present the Upazila Education Officers (UEO) are graded second class officials. The headmasters’ posts will be elevated to second grade and they would get the same salary scale as the UEOs.
Ministry officials said assistant teachers at government primary schools get salaries on the Tk 4,700 scale and the headmasters under the Tk 5,500 scale.
State Minister for Primary and Mass Education, Motaher Hossain, had told bdnews24.com only 0.83 percent female teachers, who passed the last recruitment test, had higher secondary degrees.
With the regularisation of 22,925 MPO enlisted schools last month, the number of government primary schools in Bangladesh has gone up to 60,597.
At present, female candidates enjoy 60 percent reservation for these posts.
Source: Bd news24