A newly formed teachers’ coordination council, comprising 15 teachers’ associations, put forward a set of demands to the government on Wednesday including separate pay-scale for them and extension of retirement age by six years.
At a press conference at Dhaka Reporters’ Unity in the capital, they announced their inception and placed 20-point demands to the government.
The demands included nationalisation of the education system, extension of the retirement age to 65 from 59, disbursement of pension and welfare trust funds within three months of retirement, observance of ‘Teachers Day’ every year and implementation of National Education Policy 2010.
Dhaka University’s former vice-chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique is the adviser of the council.
Speaking at the press conference, the council chief coordinator Sirajul Haque Alo said that the teachers had lack of socioeconomic status.
He sought for an improvement of the teachers’ status.
The council chairman and Tejgaon College principal Abdur Rashid urged the prime minister to hear their demands.
The leaders of the teachers said though the education sector require priority above other sectors, no government since the liberation of the country worked to improve the education system properly and lifting the teachers’ status.
They also threatened to launch programmes to realise the demands.