Monday, 21 January, 2019

Non-MPO teachers continue strike rejecting Nahid’s assurance

Published on: 4:40 pm - Tuesday | January 2, 2018

The demonstrating teachers and employees of non-MPO educational institutions have rejected Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid’s assurance of bringing the institutions under Monthly Pay Order (MPO).

The minister gave this declaration on Tuesday as he went to break the hunger strike of the teachers who have been observing fast-unto-death for three days in front of the National Press Club in capital Dhaka.

But the teachers rejected his assurance and announced to continue the strike as the minister announced no specific time line.

Several hundred teachers from across the country have gathered in front of the press club since December 26 demanding that the government-registered institutions be included on the pay list. They began a hunger strike on Sunday.

Minister Nahid said he had finally received a consent from Finance Minister AMA Muhith after several attempts.

“He gave me assurances that steps would be taken for MPO inclusion,” he said. “A policy has to be drawn up.”

The protesting teachers began shouting at the minister, asking when such a policy would be adopted. Some demanded that the MPO inclusion begin at the start of this year. The teachers vowed not to budge until their demand is met.

Amid the commotion the education minister said it would take time to finalise the policy for MPO inclusion, but that it was a big step forward to receive the permission.

The minister called on the teachers to return home and left the scene.

Protest leader Roy spoke after Nahid had left.

“We reject the education minister’s speech,” he said.  “He has not been able to give us any specific assurances. We will continue our hunger strike until the prime minister assures us that our demands will be met.”

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