Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Sheikh Hasina Urge Teachers to Go Back in Classes

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has urged public university teachers to go back in classes, assuring to meet their demands.

The prime minister said this during a meeting with the delegation of Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers Association (FBUTA) who called on her on January 18, 2016.

The PM's meeting with the FBUTA delegation, led by its president Professor Farid Uddin Ahmed, began at Ganabhaban after Maghrib prayers. After the meeting, PM's press secretary Ehsanul Karim said, PM assured the delegation to create a way of upgrading the scale of the university teachers from Grade-3 to Grade-1.

Maksud Kamal, a member of delegation, said PM called us to talk about the problem. We discussed about different matters. She urged us to go back in class. We will decide about going back to class after a meeting on January 19, 2016. We will return in classes as soon as possible.

Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister's Office M. Abul Kalam Azad and Senior Secretary of the Finance Division Mahbub Ahmed were present at the meeting. Earlier on January 17, 2016 (Sunday), the Prime Minister's Office invited the teachers to have tea at the Prime Minister's official residence.

On January 11, teachers of the country's 37 public universities went on an indefinite strike protesting what they said discrimination against them in the 8th national pay scale. Public university teachers have been on protests since the 8th National Pay Scale was announced on May 14 last year, pressing for a four-point demand that includes the formation of a commission to initiate an independent pay scale for them.