PRESSING FOR NATIONALISATION

Non-govt school teachers hold sit-in for 4th day

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:59, Jun 20,2019

 
 

Teachers of non-government primary schools stage a sit-in in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Wednesday demanding nationalisation of their institutions. — New Age photo

A section of non-government primary school teachers on Wednesday continued with the sit-in programme in the capital for the fourth consecutive day demanding nationalisation of their schools and jobs.
Under the banner of Bangladesh Non-Government Primary Teachers’ Association, teachers from across the country gathered in front of National Press Club in the capital while some of them fell sick on the day due to the sizzling heat.
The association leaders threatened tougher movement if their demand remained unmet.
The association president Md Mamunur Rashid Khokon told New Age that since June 16 teachers from different districts observed the sit-in programme in Dhaka with their one point demand for nationalisation of 4,159 non-government primary schools and jobs of 16,636 teachers.
He said that back in 1973, the founding president of Bangladesh, Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, nationalised 36,160 non-government primary schools and jobs of teachers working in these schools.
In 2013 prime minister Sheikh Hasina announced that the her government would nationalise 26,193 non-government primary schools as well as jobs of teachers working in these schools, he continued.
Currently, only a handful of schools were earmarked for nationalisation on the list prepared in 2013, the teacher cum leader said.
Mamunur Rashid Khokon claimed that in 2013 a total of 4,159 non-government primary schools were excluded from the list due to absence of officials concerned and wrong calculations.
In 2018, from January 21 to February 7, they also organised such programmes to press for the same demand while a letter was issued on February 20 of same year from the Prime Minister’s Office to meet their demand, he said.
The leader said that till now there were no progress and for that reason they would go for tougher movement like hunger strike if their demand remained unfulfilled.
On the fourth day, a total of 11 teachers fell sick.
Meanwhile Bangladesh Sangbadik Oikkya expressed its solidarity with the association.

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