Allegations of corruption and irregularities against people involved in operations of the Education Management Information System of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education are on the rise in the absence of action against such practices, said directorate officials.
A section of the EMIS employees, mainly programmers, is earning money illegally by providing undue benefits to some teachers, employees and educational institutions by enrolling them in the monthly pay order although they are not eligible, they alleged.
Directorate officials alleged said that the system analysts and programmers were also providing undue benefits to teachers and institutions during the upgration of MPO and the updating of the database without authority’s permission.
They said that the corrupt practices were increasing in the cell as a sense of impunity prevails due to the delay in the trial of the people who were prosecuted by the Anti-Corruption Commission on charge of committing irregularities in the MPO enrolment process.
They said that several instructions of the Prime Minister Office to upgrade the software system to make it transparent were also ignored.
In September, Jhenaidah district education officer Sushanta Kumar Deb filed a complaint with the DSHE against a programmer of the EMIS head office that he forwarded the name of a teacher in upper grade using Sushanta’s user ID and password of EMIS index without permission.
In June, the DSHE deputy director’s office in Rajshahi detected that the name of an assistant head teacher of a Natore high school was enlisted in the MPO list although the application of the teacher was not approved by authorities.
According to the Anti-Corruption Commission, a case was filed against four system analysts on charge of their alleged involvement in MPO-related irregularities in February 2015.
They are EMIS system analyst Abul Fazal M Belal, programmer M Ziaur Rahman and assistant programmers M Rafiqul Islam and M Nazib Ud Dowla.
When asked about the present status of the case, ACC secretary Md Dilwar Bakth told New Age that the commission investigator Abdus Sattar Sarkar submitted a charge sheet in the case with the court concerned in September 2016.
The accused people were suspended since submission of the charge sheet against them though some of them are still influencing the cell, said officials.
ACC investigator Abdus Sattar, now in retirement, told New Age that the case was now in hearing stage in the trial court.
He said that during the investigation he gaged huge corruption in the MPO process.
In December 2016, the ACC arrested Secondary Education Sector Investment Programme cell programmer Saifur Rahaman at his office in Barisal city in a graft case.
In 2015, while he was in Rangpur, Saifur Rahaman took Tk 18.50 lakh in bribe from 18 schoolteachers of different schools to escalate their salary scales, the ACC said.
About the allegations against system analyst and programmers, EMIS senior system analyst Khandaker Azizur Rahman told New Age that a section of people were conspiring against them.
He claimed that they were not involved in such irregularities of manipulating MPO.
On several occasions, ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmood said that the commission would give its highest effort to make the education sector corruption free.
DHSE director general Syed Md Golam Faruk said that the directorate was working to develop a system to check scope of such manipulation.
The suspected people have been suspended and they just come to office to ensure their attendance, he said.
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