All teachers and employees, totalling 24, of Amtali Mofij Uddin Girls' High School in Barguna have started boycotting classes since Wednesday last week.
They said they were forced to take the decision as their salaries had gone unpaid for 15 months -- starting from December 2017 till February 2019.
Delwar Hossain, acting headteacher of the school that has 773 enrolled students, said the situation arose after the High Court (HC), in a judgment of a writ petition delivered on October 24, 2017, declared that Shah Alam Kabir -- the petitioner who was suspended by the school management committee as the headteacher of the school on November 26, 2012 on corruption charges -- was the lawful headteacher of the school.
Delwar said although he has been the acting headteacher of the school since Shah Alam's suspension, according to the HC judgement in 2017, he could no longer be the official signatory of the school's employee salary sheets.
Rezaul Karim Badol, an assistant teacher of English, said it had been extremely difficult for them to live without any salary over the last 15 months. During this time, they did not even receive any Eid bonus.
The acting headmaster told this correspondent that efforts are on to resolve the situation and a petition was submitted recently with Barishal Education Board, seeking constituting of a fresh management committee for the school as the tenure of the incumbent committee expired on February 14.
Hopefully, when a new committee is formed, it will be able to resume payment of salaries to the school's employees, he said.
Contacted, Sarwar Hossain, upazila nirbahi officer of Amtali, said he was aware of the non-payment of salaries issue at the school and he would inform the higher authorities of the matter for immediate resolution to the issue.
Established in 1965, Amtali Mofij Uddin Girls' High School currently has 20 teachers and 4 staff members. The school earned a good reputation in the area with its improving results in public examinations including the Secondary School Certificate examinations.