Cox’s Bazar Correspondent: A UNHCR high profile team has visited Kutupalong registered refugee camp today at about 10. am.
Source said, the team along with Cox’s Bazar base UNHCR Protection officer, Camp in Charge of Kutupalong camp and delegates from other workng organizations visited the Junior High School and observed the education program. The Chief of the team had talk with the Acting Head teacher, Faruque at the school about the current education program in the camp. Mr Faruque raised the burning issues of both Secondary schools of Kutupalong and Nayapara camp.
Acting Head teacher said to the team, ” We have received the secondary school in the camp approved Bangladesh government. We were very happy to have the school after long time. But, now we are very sorry that the students are being deprived of their rights at school. That is; Secondary school was introduced here in 2013 but the sufficient teachers have not been recruited yet. Only 4 teachers in Kutupalong and 2 teachers in Nayapara secondary school have been teaching the students where at least 8 teachers in Kutupalong and 6 teachers in Nayapara school are needed. Students in secondary schools in Kutupalong and Nayapara have been deprived of their rights since they did not have their full lessons from every subject due to shortage of teachers for full three years” said a general refugee.
Mr Faruque urged UNHCR team and concerned organizations to give more attention to the education program in order that their children may be ensured with their quality education, a committee member said.
“Hearing and noting down the issues raised by Mr Faruque, they left the school and again had meeting with Ex-Camp Chairman Md Ismail and his members at CMC Community center. There, Mr Ismail raised various issues of the camp including their immediate durable solution which is the most important thing of the refugees.The team left the camp at around 12.30 pm” according to a teacher of the camp.