Some 840 teachers of 210 primary schools in three hill districts have been spending their days in financial hardship as they have not been getting their salaries for the last four years.
These schools were established in Rangamati, Khagrachhari and Bandarban under a project of United Nations Development Programme and Chittagong Hill Tracts Development Facility (UNDP-CHTDF) in 2009. The schools have now more than 1200 students.
At the time, each school started off with three to five teachers. Tk 3000 was allocated for an assistant teacher while Tk 5000 for a headteacher as monthly salary.
The teachers have not been getting their salaries since UNDP-CHTDF stopped their activities in Chattogram Hill Tracts (CHT) on June 1 in 2015.
Although the schools were later nationalised in 2017, the teachers’ jobs were not nationalised and due to this, they are yet to get their salaries, said Sneho Kumar Chakma, headmaster of Simeitoli Government Primary School in Jurachhari upazila of Rangamati.
They are still teaching the students amid great hardship with a hope of getting their jobs nationalised one day, said the headmaster.
Arun Kumar Tanchangya, a teacher of Jamuchara Government Primary School in Bilaishari upazila, said he was compelled to borrow money from local money lenders to maintain his family as he has not been getting his salary for the last four years.
Contacted, Rangamati District Primary Education Officer Mohammad Khorshed Alam said he has already informed the ministry concerned about the matter.
He hopes that the ministry will take a step soon to nationalise the jobs of the primary schoolteachers.