Menon to resign from chair of standing committee if teacher’s demands not metStaff Correspondent
The chairman of the parliamentary standing committee for the education ministry, Rashed Khan Menon said on Tuesday that he would resign from the post of chairman if teacher’s demands were not met.
Menon was speaking at a protest rally of non-government school, college and madrassah teachers who were not enlisted on the monthly pay order scheme.
Several hundred non-government teachers gathered in front of the National Press Club from the morning, blocking roads for a couple of hours.
In their speeches, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal President, Hasanul Haq Inu and Communist Party of Bangladesh President, Monzurul Ahsan Khan, expressed their solidarity with the teachers.
In the afternoon, teacher’s representatives had a meeting with the Prime Minister’s Press Secretary, Abul Kalam Azad, at the National Press Club.
Later, hundreds of teachers marched towards the Prime Minister’s office to submit a memorandum to Sheikh Hasina.
Police however, stopped them at Shahbagh, where instead, the teachers held a rally and stayed until the evening.
A delegation also went to meet with the education secretary, Kamal Abdul Naser Chowdhury.
After which, the secretary general of the teachers organisation, Tapos Kumar Kundu, told New Age that the education secretary had given them assurance that the crisis would be resolved. He said that they would have a meeting with the education minister Nurul Islam Nahid at 12 pm today.
Tapos did not make clear whether they would postpone their programme or not.
According to demonstrators, though around 7,000 educational institutions received recognition, they are not enlisted under the monthly pay order scheme.
Teachers said that they were leading a miserable life for not receiving government support.
Along with salaries from educational institutions, non-government teachers receive financial support from the monthly pay order scheme.
Some educational institutions nonetheless, are not under the monthly pay order scheme and teachers of these institutions do not receive anything except the salary provided by the institutions.
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