Non-Government Teachers of Bangladesh on Strike

No doubt, this year is going to be the year of strike. And this time all the non government teachers and employees are on strike. The teachers and employees of non-government schools and colleges announced a mass hunger strike across the country for Wednesday to press home their 17-point demand, including nationalization of the country’s education system.

Mainly the leaders of Bangladesh Shikkok-Karmachhari Oikkya Parishad will stage mass hunger strike in front of Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka on July 11 to press home their 17-point charter of demands. Speech of Principal Shahjahan Alam Saju the convener of the alliance of non-government teachers and employees at a press conference made it clear that this strike will go on and day by day will be tougher u]ntil the government accept all the demands of the teachers. He said, “Our prime demand is to nationalize the education system. We are fighting not only for ourselves but also for the betterment of students and that is why our demand is to nationalize the education system and thus implement the national education policy 2010,” He also added, “A tougher agitation programme will be announced after a view sharing meeting with our leaders on July 18.”

In fact, from my viewpoint I think it will be hard for the government to meet the demands of the teachers now. As the 17-point chart of demands also include an end of discrimination between non-government and government teachers, introduction of an independent pay scale for teacher, two time scale for school teachers and introduction of service rule for the employees of class III and IV.

Why I think it is hard to fulfill all the demands because at present, there are 4.70 lakh teachers and employees in nearly 28,000 non-government post-primary educational institutions. For all the teachers and employees, the government needs to pay more than Tk. 5,000 crore every year as salary and other benefits from the exchequer in the form of monthly pay order (MPO). Then what is the solution? The government should pay concern to this issue and try to fulfill the demands of the teachers as early as possible because it  is true the salary and facilities that the teachers got is very much stumpy to maintain a standard life now a days.

However, I am feeling sorry for the students who are in real difficulty now because of the strike. As the teachers are not taking classes, schools have already been closed for an indefinite period. This may cause great harm in the educational life of the students. So my request to the government and the non government teachers of Bangladesh  to keep in mind the future of the students and a response of it please solve this issue in a short period of time.

1 comment to Non-Government Teachers of Bangladesh on Strike

  • Aam Aadmi

    Can suggestions be taken from Islamic terrorist groups as to how this issue should be addressed? They surely have the correct answer in light of Qur’an and Hadith.

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