Chittagong Hill Tracts: Indigenous Students Face Obstacles to Education
Tribal students in the area must now submit two forms of residence certificates in the coming school year, highlighting the difficulties they face in receiving equal education opportunities.
Below is an article by published by the Kapaeeng Foundation:
It is learnt that tribal students of Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) region are confronting discrimination in submitting resident certificate for MBBS/BDS course (session 2011-12).
According to the results of the MBBS/BDS admission test published on the national Bangla daily ‘Jugantor’ on 4 October 2011, tribal students of CHT have been asked to submit resident certificate of both circle chief of concerned circle and deputy commissioner of concerned district while non-tribal Bengali students of CHT have been asked to submit resident certificate of either circle chief or deputy commissioner.
Leaders of the tribal students said that the provision of submission of double certificate by tribal students is nothing but a clear discrimination against the tribal students of CHT. They also added that discrimination against tribal students of plain land is also found. Tribal students of plain land are asked to submit certificate of tribal head of concerned ethnic group and deputy commissioner while general students of plain land are asked to submit only citizen certificate of city cooperation mayor/municipality chairman/union council chairman/word commissioner, they alleged.