Many teachers and employees of non-government schools and kindergartens said that they had been suffering for past two months for not getting salaries due to coronavirus situation.
The situation is miserable to those whose families completely depend on their sole income ahead of Eid next week.
‘I cannot look at the gloomy faces of my daughters and wife as I cannot provide them even enough food these days,’ Mezbahuddin Memorial School principal MA Alim told New Age on Wednesday.
‘Somehow the Ramadan is passing by fasting and borrowing from relatives. And I don’t know what’s ahead. I’m tired of this war,’ said Mezbah.
Like Mezbah, Bangladesh Kindergarten Association faction general secretary Mizanur Rahman said that most of the six lakh teachers and officials of over 40,000 kindergartens across the country were not paid salaries of March and April following the closure of schools on March 17.
‘We requested parents to pay tuition fees after launching online teaching schemes. But, we did not get good response and could not press on them like the renowned non-government schools do,’ said Mizan, principal of Rose Garden School at Galapbagh.
‘We got no result despite organising an online campaign on Sunday for drawing attention of the prime minister,’ he said adding that on March 7 the association in a press conference sought Tk 500 crore soft loan from the government for kindergartens.
Teachers and employees of over 3,800 schools, colleges and madrassahs, not enlisted for the government’s monthly payment order scheme, were not paid salaries, said Bangladesh Non-MPO Shikkhak-Karmachari federation general secretary Binoy Bhushan Roy.
For paying salary of teachers and officials, the Technical Education Consortium of Bangladesh demanded Tk 390 crore for operating non-government 8,000 technical institutes, the consortium leaders said.
‘Most of our one lakh staff of 37,000 non-government schools are in real trouble,’ Bangladesh Teachers’ Association president Nazrul Islam Rony said.
English Medium School Association of Bangladesh’s convenor Quazi Taif Sadat said that newly developed schools did not have enough fund to pay salaries. ‘We demanded incentives from the education minister but did not get any.’
‘The government gave loan for the rich and allocated relief for the poor but did nothing for the educated middle class like us,’ wrote an English medium school teacher Yasen Ahmed Arafat on his Facebook page.
The government had taken measures for students facing difficulty during the nationwide public holiday, but not steps were taken to help teachers and officials, said the people concerned.
Dhaka Education Board chairman zeaul Haque said that the board instructed English medium schools not to press parents for paying tuition fees after getting a plea from parents.
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