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Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid yesterday announced the inclusion of 1,214 teachers of schools and madrasas on the MPO list.

The announcement came following a weeklong agitation, including hunger strike and sit-in, by some 1,441 teachers under the banner of MPO-deprived Teachers Forum at the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) and Jatiya Press Club.

Enlistment of the teachers on the MPO (Monthly Pay Order) list means that from now on the newly enlisted teachers will receive a portion of their salaries from the government.

Emerging from a meeting with a delegation of the protesting teachers at the DSHE yesterday, the education minister said 1,214 teachers had been left out of the list as they lacked the required educational qualifications at the time of joining their jobs. They, however, attained the qualifications later.

"From this month they will receive their salaries under the MPO scale," added Nahid.

The remaining left out teachers will also be included on the MPO list upon attainment of the required qualifications.

Of the newly enlisted 1,214 teachers, 889 are from schools and madrasas, while the remaining teach in technical schools.

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