Non-government teachers in colleges under the National University (NU) are going to observe work abstention from today, until their inclusion into the “Monthly Payment Order (MPO)” system is announced.
The teachers' platform -- Bangladesh Besarkari College Honors-Masters Shikkhak Shamity -- made the announcement at a human chain in the capital's Jatiya Press Club yesterday. Over 200 teachers from different districts of the country formed the human chain.
Saiful Islam, general secretary of the association, said the education ministry did not include them in the “Manpower Structure and MPO Policy-2018”, though they had given several memorandums to the ministry in this regard.
“We have been living an inhuman life since the establishment of National University in 1992, so we will continue countrywide work abstention until our demand is met,” he said.
Saiful claimed the NU is approving honours and masters courses at many new colleges every year, without taking any initiative to include them in the MPO.
“Whenever we talk to the authorities of NU and the education ministry, they say nothing can be done without the direction of PM,” he alleged.
Saiful urged the PM to meet their one-point demand considering this “helpless condition” of the teachers.
The body's Organising Secretary Sukomal Sen said about 3,500 teachers of 203 non-government colleges are now depending on students' tuition fees to get a paltry salary.
“It is true that students' education would be hampered due to our work abstention, but we will continue it so that the government pays heed to the one-point demand,” he said.
Nekabbor Hossain, president of the association, said “The government had introduced 1.35 lakh new teacher posts in the amended Manpower Structure and MPO Policy in 2018, but is yet to include us there.”
He urged the PM to take prompt initiatives so that they could get rid of the “cursed life”.