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‘Promotion thru forgery?’

Ministry orders probe into allegation

Published : 20 Mar 2024 10:30 PM

The Secondary and Higher Education Division of the Ministry of Education has ordered investigation into the allegations against a BCS cadre (Education) who allegedly got promotion through forgery of the Annual Confidential Report (ACR).

As per directive of Suleman Khan, Secretary of Secondary and Higher Education Division, Deputy Secretary Md Shahenur Islam issued the letter on March 19, said the ministry sources.

It can be mentioned that the authorities concerned initiated the investigation following the national English daily the Bangladesh Post carried out an exclusive report headlined ‘Promotion thru forgery?’ on March 11. 

Education Ministry directed Professor Nehal Ahmed, Director General of Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education ( DSHE), to investigate into the allegations against Houmayoon Kabir, an 

associate professor of Noakhali Government College and submit the probe report within next fifteen working days. Houmayoon Kabir joined the civil service through the 24th BCS examination (General Education).

The Secondary and Higher Education Division under the Ministry of Education on September 27 promoted Houmayoon Kabir to the post of Associate Professor along with other officers.

He was promoted to the post Associate Professor, the second highest rank of the education cadre service in Bangladesh, and was posted to the Department of English of Noakhali Government College.

Talking to the Bangladesh Post, Professor Aktari Begum, former principal of  Noakhali Government Mohila College, admitted that her former colleague got promoted without obtaining ACR from her, though she was his supervising officer.

As per government rules, checking the ACR is a must for awarding any promotion.

She said, “I several times served notices to Houmayoon Kabir to submit his ACR to me. But he did not do so for the years 2018 and 2019.”

Responding to another question, the former principal of Noakhali Government Mohila College said, “Later I brought the matter to the Director (College and Administration) of the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education. But he did not take any step in this regard.”

She alleged that the Director of the DSHE remained silent about it for reasons not known to her.

Professor Aktari Begum further claimed that she informed Mohammmad Shafiullah of the ACR section of the Education Ministry verbally.

“I don’t know whether any initiative was taken regarding the issue”, she added.

It was also alleged that  Houmayoon Kabir submitted his ACR in 2015 using fake signature of Ekramul Haque, the then principal of the Noakhali Government Mohila College.

“I think it is completely objectionable and embarrassing for administration if an official of the BCS cadre is given promotion without checking the ACR of three years,” Professor Aktari Begum opined . 

Denying the allegations Houmayoon Kabir said, “These are all conspiracies against me. Submitting ACR is not my responsibility, it’s the duty of the vice-principal and the principal.”

“I submitted my ACR form to the then Vice-principal. I don’t know if she forwarded the ACR to the principal,” he claimed.