Non-government teachers on Tuesday staged sit-in programme in Dhaka for the third consecutive day, demanding inclusion of their educational institutions in the monthly pay order system.
The teachers staged demonstration as finance minister AMA Muhith in the proposed budget for the next fiscal did not make any specific declaration about their enlistment for the subvention, although prime minister Sheikh Hasina assured them to include their educational institutions in MPO system in January this year.
A group of teachers under the banner of Non-MPO Educational Institutions’ Teachers and Employees Federation started the demo of the day around 10:00am for the third consecutive day in front of the National Press Club in the capital. The federation has begun the latest round of demonstrations on June 10.
Earlier, they called off their last round of MPO movement in January on prime minister’s assurance.
During the sit-in, a teacher named Amirul Islam of Faridpur fell sick and he was admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment, said the federation senior vice-president Shafiqul Islam.
He said due to the rain and thunderstorm they called off their demonstration at about 3:00pm for the day.
He also said their demonstration would continue until their demand was met.
He further said they rejected the education minister Nurul Islam Nahid’s assurance as the minister on Monday reiterated that the government would provide MPO benefits to the teachers even if there was no allocation in the budget.
Under MPO system, the government pays salaries and benefits to the teachers of non-government schools, colleges and technical institutions.
The federation leaders said around 80,000 teachers of 5,000 non-government schools, colleges and technical institutions are now outside the purview of the Monthly Pay Order.
Last time the government provided MPO benefit to some 1,624 institutions in 2010.
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