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The promotion policy of MPO enlisted teachers needs to be reconsidered

As a result of this policy, talented young people will lose interest in becoming higher secondary teachers because they know that they will not get promotion. MPO Policy 2021 has ensured some good news for all types of teachers but the promotion policy of higher secondary teachers should be reconsidered.
Majhar Mannan
The promotion policy of MPO enlisted teachers needs to be reconsidered

The ministry of education has issued the MPO Policy 2021 for non-government educational institutions. Earlier this policy was formulated in 2018.

Teachers of non-government schools and colleges in the country will get more promotions than before, but the post of assistant professor of higher secondary colleges has been abolished. According to the new policy, there will be no the post of assistant professor in a higher secondary college, but the post of senior lecturer will be introduced.

The new policy on promotion of teachers states that MPO-enrolled lecturers of higher secondary colleges will get the post senior of lecturer if they work satisfactorily for the next eight years from the date of MPO enrollment. 50% of the lecturers will be promoted as senior lecturers if they fulfill all the conditions mentioned in the policy. Lecturers in MPO registered higher secondary colleges will get a pay scale after 10 years of service i.e. 9th to 8th grade and after the next six years i.e. after 16 years they will be promoted to senior lecturer. The matter of promotion will be decided by the committee on the basis of a total of 100 marks considering various qualifications.

As per the previous policy, 5:2 lecturers of higher secondary colleges have been promoted to the post of Assistant Professor. 2 out of 7 MPO registered teachers got promotion as Assistant Professor after completing 8 years of service. However, in the new policy, even if the post of Assistant Professor of Higher Secondary College is abolished, those who have got this post earlier will remain in force. However, they will be promoted as assistant professors on completion of eight years of their service as lecturers in degree colleges. The new MPO policy has abolished the post of assistant professor from higher secondary colleges, but the teachers of these colleges did not take it cordially. Higher secondary college teachers believe that if the new MPO policy is implemented, they will be extremely discriminated against in terms of promotion.

They believe that such a policy would be more burdensome for them as the promotion opportunities for teachers in non government educational institutions are already very limited. Some education experts believe that this promotion policy will create inequality and dissatisfaction among the teachers of non-government colleges. No specific reason has been shown as to why teachers should not be given assistant professors in higher secondary colleges. Teachers at non government college had to wait all their lives for a single promotion. This was the ultimate dream of their life but that dream has been shattered today. Many again did not get the opportunity to be promoted from lecturer to assistant professor despite being very senior and to retire as a lecturer. For a long time, non-government teachers have been suffering from the complexity of their promotions. The promotions provided for in the new policy have caused renewed frustration among higher secondary teachers. In fact, there is no difference between a lecturer and a senior lecturer. Senior lecturers are only asked for consolation. It cannot be called really promotion. In the case of promotion of teachers at the college level, the rank is Lecturer, then Assistant Professor, then Associate Professor and then Professor.

There was no post of Senior Lecturer but the current policy will create a kind of frustration among the teachers by creating the post of Senior Lecturer and they are likely to be victims of discrimination. As a result of this policy, talented young people will lose interest in becoming higher secondary teachers because they know that they will not get promotion. MPO Policy 2021 has ensured some good news for all types of teachers but the promotion policy of higher secondary teachers should be reconsidered. 

Teachers of higher secondary colleges should be given at least the opportunity to be promoted from lecturer to assistant professor. Higher secondary colleges need highly talented and skilled teachers as students from their future lives during this time. However, under the previous policy, a teacher could have at least the opportunity to become an assistant professor, but now they are deprived of that opportunity. If higher secondary college teachers are not promoted to assistant professors, then the chances of talented youngsters coming there are very low. The policy that has been made for the promotion of degree colleges is quite satisfactory but in the sense that it has been made for the teachers of higher secondary colleges it cannot be said to be satisfactory. It would be most elegant and beautiful to give teachers in higher secondary colleges the post of assistant professor instead of a senior lecturer. The present government is working to ensure quality education but in order to ensure quality education, teachers must be provided with facilities. The government has introduced an annual 5% increment for non-government teachers and has introduced festival allowances and is taking many more steps but if this small step is taken for the teachers of Higher Secondary College it will bring some good results. There is going to be an education commission to recruit non-government teachers. We believe that the education commission will recruit talented and qualified teachers and in this case the promotion policy needs to be reconsidered.

All the conditions or provisions given for the promotion of teachers in higher secondary colleges are just, appropriate and timely but if the post of Senior Lecturer can be replaced by the Assistant Professor  it will be a matter of well-being and satisfaction for all. Teachers of higher secondary colleges can be promoted as Assistant Professors after completing 16 years of service as per ration. I hope the concerned authorities will reconsider the matter and the teachers will smile with satisfaction.

The writer is Assistant Professor, B A F Shaheen College Kurmitola, Dhaka Cantonment.

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