Non-MPO teachers, employees continue protests

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Mar 24,2019

 
 

Teachers and employees shout slogans during a sit-in in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Saturday demanding inclusion of their institutions in MPO system. — New Age photo

The teachers and employees of non-government schools, colleges, technical institutions and madrassahs continued their sit-in in the capital’s Topkhana Road near the National Press Club for the third consecutive day on Saturday, demanding inclusion of their institutions to the government’s monthly pay order system.
The demonstrators, under the banner of Non-MPO Educational Institutions’ Teachers and Employees’ Federation, said that they would continue their programme until their demand of including their institutions to the MPO system was met.
They said that they were forced to take to the street as the government did not keep its promise of including their institutions to the MPO system.
According to the federation, currently, there are over 75,000 teachers and employees of 5,242 educational intuitions, which are not included to the MPO system, across the country.
Most of the educational institutions in Bangladesh are set up on private initiatives and later, the government starts paying salary of the teachers and employees of the institutions under the MPO system.
Earlier, the teachers and employees of the institutions which were not included to the MPO system, staged demonstrations twice — from December 2017 to January 2018 and from June 2018 to July 2018, at the same venue demanding inclusion of their institutions to the MPO system.
The teachers and employees of the institutions which are not included to the MPO system started fresh programmes on March 21.
The demonstrators said that they staged a demonstration in front of the Press Club on the day and started marching towards the prime minister’s office.
Later, they held a sit-in programme near the Kadam Fountain at the Press Club-High Court intersection on the same day as the police obstructed their procession towards the PMO.
Non-MPO Educational Institutions’ Teachers and Employees’ Federation president Golam Mahmudun Nabi, on Saturday, said that no government official contacted with them to discuss about their demand.
‘The government has repeatedly broken its promise of including our institutions to the MPO system. This time, we will continue our programme until the prime minister talks to us and assures us to include our institutions to the MPO system,’ he said.

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