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Non-MPO teachers’ fast-unto-death continues

WT24 Desk
Non-MPO teachers continued their fast-unto-death for the second day on Saturday in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka demanding inclusion of their educational institutions in the monthly pay order facilities, agencies report.
Teachers and employees under monthly pay order enjoy 100 per cent basic salary from the exchequer.
After holding sit-in for four days, the non- MPO teachers under the banner of Non-MPO Educational Institutions Teachers and Employees Federation on Friday began their fast-unto-death programme to press home their demands.
‘We will continue fast-unto-death until our demands are met,’ said general secretary of the federation, Taposh Kumar Kundu.
He said non-MPO teachers and employees were living in miserable conditions in absence of such entitlements.
Federation leaders sought prime minister’s intervention about enlisting of their school under MPO facilities.
They had held their sit-in at the Central Shaheed Minar on October 26 and 27 and in front of the National Press Club on October 28 and 29 respectively.
Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on October 29 said such entitlement was possible only after increasing of educational budget.
There are more than 8,000 educational institutions, including schools, colleges, madrassahs and technical institutions which are waiting for such a privilege.
Nearly five lakh teachers and employees engaged in about 28,000 non-government post-primary educational institutions have been realising 100 per cent basic salary from the exchequer, in the form of monthly pay order, since July 2006.

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