Cox’s Bazar Correspondent: The Rohingya refugee children has been deceived and the money has been misappropriated by the VERC (Village Education Resource Center) and SCI (Save the Children International) in the name of ensuring quality education in Nayapara and Kutupalong refugee camp since 2012.
The camp leader of Nayapara said, “There are 10 primary schools with more than 4,000 students in Nayapara and 11 schools with about 3900 students in Kutupalong refugee camp. VERC with the support of SCI has been implementing the education program since 2012 after taking hand over from RTMI (Research Training and Management International). Since the inception of implementation of the education program by VERC, the figures of students have been enhanced but the education of the children has been hampered a lot”.
“In one school where at least 7 teachers are needed, VERC/SCI recruits only 4 teachers, where 10 teachers needed, they recruit only 6 teachers. Whole the year the posts of the teachers remain vacant in every school though the VERC/SCI was requested by the camp leaders for recruitment of teachers for the gaps in schools several times” said a woman guardian in Nayapara camp”.
Student learning materials such as; text books, exercise books, pens/pencils and teaching materials as; blackboard, chalks, etc are not distributed among the students and the schools proper and timely.
According to a general refugee, the students are given auto pass in the annual examination and they are promoted to upper classes though they fail in many subjects causing the students educationally cripple.
However, Junior High School was approved by the Bangladesh government after long time in 2013 in Kutupalong camp with 136 students where only four teachers were recruited. In Nayapara camp, it was introduced in 2014 with 113 students in class six where only 2 teachers were recruited for 113 students where there were 13 subjects in Nayapara camp. In 2014 the students figures enhanced to 165 persons with the class seven where there were only the same 2 teachers in Naypara and In Kutupalong, it was the same situation where there were more about 200 students in class six and seven. Not a single teacher was recruited within two years and the students were deprived of most of their subjects in whole two years as the numbers of teachers and the subjects were too different. It was informed to the concerned organizations by the community leaders for recruitment of teacher several times but the organizations have been promising the community that they would recruit, recruit, recruit and recruit. But the posts are still vacant and even the posts of head teachers and it is only disgrace in the name Junior High School, according to camp leader of Nayapara camp.
In last year, the students of class six and seven got the old text books which were collected from local schools of Bangladesh due to the mistake of the concerned organizations in giving requisitions to the government of Bangladesh, said a teacher from Kutupalong camp.
There is one Burmese main book which is also completely ignored and no monitoring over it by VERC and the students of class four/five can’t read and write in Burmese. The organizations have no monitoring over the schools at all.
Every year, donors are donating a large amount of money for the improvement of education for refugee children but the children are being deprived of the rights due to negligence and misappropriate by VERC/SCI and it is a deep concern. The paper and pen activities of the organizations are in correct order only but no quality of children is improved, said a guardian of the students of Nayapara camp.