Teachers continue demo, govt forms 2 committees

Teachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions have been observing a sit-in programme since Monday. The photo has been taken from in front of National Press Club on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom Alo

Teachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions have been observing a sit-in programme since Monday. The photo has been taken from in front of National Press Club on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom Alo

The education ministry has formed two committees to settle the matter of monthly pay order (MPO) for non-government educational institutes.

But, the agitating teachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions on Wednesday vowed to continue their sit-in demanding bringing them under the government’s pay roll.

Amid demonstration for the second time since 10 June, the ministry on Wednesday constituted a ‘scrutiny committee’ and a ‘technical committee’ to manage the MPO matters.

“We’ll submit a memorandum containing our demand to the prime minister, the speaker and the deputy speaker tomorrow (Thursday) and to the president on 22 June,” UNB quoted Binoy Bhushan Roy, general secretary of Non-MPO Educational Institution Teachers’ and Employees’ Federation, as saying.

On 23 June, he added, they would observe a token hunger strike and the teachers would go on a fast unto death from 25 June if the demand is not met by 24 June.

According to the education ministry, a nine-member ‘institute scrutiny committee’ is formed, headed by Zabed Ahmed, secretary of secondary and higher education directorate.

This committee, the ministry officials added, will submit recommendations to the government as per Private Educational Institutes’ (school and college) Manpower and MPO Policy-2018.

Another eight-member committee, led by Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS) director general Md Fashiullah, will make a list as per the MPO applications.

The ministry officials earlier said at least 1,000 institutes would be brought under the official pay order.

This is being done after eight years and especially when the country is heading for the general elections.

There are 5,242 approved non-MPO institutions with around 80,000 employees. Some 1,624 institutions were included in the MPO list in 2010 last.

Source: Prothom Alo.

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