The Anti-Corruption Commission will take legal actions against the officers and employees of regional, district and upazila education offices who are reportedly demanding bribes for enrolling teachers and employees of educational institutions that have recently been included in the government’s Monthly Payment Order list.
The information has revealed by the intelligence wing of the Anti-Corruption Commission recently, said its chairman Iqbal Mahmood.
In an email message, he said that the intelligence wing informed him that they got complaint from several quarters that a nexus of education officers and employees had got into the corruption.
Iqbal said that there was no reason for demanding money to include the names.
In October 2019, prime minister Sheikh Hasina announced the inclusion of 2,730 educational institutions in the MPO scheme and asked the authorities concerned to maintain guidelines in implementing the system.
Last week, the education ministry provide necessary codes to the educational institutions to include the names of teachers and employees in the payment method.
ACC chairman said that he asked the commission’s field‑level officials to file cases against the people involved in demanding bribe from the teachers and employees.
He said that the commission would make sure necessary surveillance on the process and the official concerned asked to hold ‘trap case’ in this regard if needed.
About the matter the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education director general Syed M Golam Faruk told New Age that the department would also take legal steps against the officials and employees involved in demanding bribes.
The MPO benefit will go to the educational institutions, including schools, colleges and madrassahs, nine years after 1,624 such institutions were brought under the scheme in 2010.
The teachers and employees of the non-government educational institutions had been demonstrating for the benefit for all the 5,214 registered such institutions for months while the lawmakers were pursuing the demands in almost every Jatiya Sangsad session for the institutions of their respective constituencies.
Depending on grades, the college principals to school office employees receive the benefit starting from Tk 50,000 to Tk 8,500, education ministry officials said.
Currently a total of 27,810 non-government educational institutions get MPO benefit and the number of beneficiaries is 4,96,362 for whom the government pays Tk 942 crore in salary and other benefits under the scheme, they added.
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