The 20 percent dearness allowance declared for the public servants will be applicable to the teachers of non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas under MPO (monthly pay order) as well, Finance Adviser Mirza Azizul Islam said yesterday.
Earlier this month, when the announcement of dearness allowance for government officials and employees came in the budget for fiscal year 2008-09, there was no mention of teachers.
“The allowance for teachers under MPO system has not been clear in the budget speech,” Mirza Aziz told reporters at the planning ministry after meeting leaders of the National Front of Teachers and Employees (NFTE), a combine of eleven teachers' organisations.
Around 4.7 lakh teachers and employees of more than 30,000 non-government high schools, colleges and madrasas under different teachers' organisations had announced a series of programmes in protest at the finance adviser's not including teachers as recipients of dearness allowance.
The programmes that included among others hunger strike were called off yesterday after the finance adviser's assurance that the teachers too would be granted 20 percent dearness allowance to cope with the price spiral.
“We are pleased that the caretaker government has decided to meet our demands. On behalf of the community, I thank the government for the wise decision,” said Prof Quazi Farruque Ahmed, chief co-ordinator of NFTE.
At the meeting, the NFTE brought forward a number of recommendations on how to develop the education system and improve quality of education and human resources.
The teacher leaders also proposed that the government introduce unemployment allowance for the post-graduate students until they get a job and encourage them undertake self-employment projects. They also demanded special allocation for measures to check dropouts from higher secondary level.
Meanwhile, M Abul Bashar Hawlader, president of Bangladesh Shikkhak Samity, has hailed the government's decision to provide 20 percent dearness allowance for the MPO-listed teachers.