Non-govt teachers take to streets for nationalising schools

Non-govt teachers take to streets for nationalising schools

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Dhaka 22 Jan – Hundreds of teachers of the non-government primary schools are not caring to take classes rather they have taken the streets in the capital to meet their demand for nationalisation.When it is the pick time of taking classes in the beginning of the new year but they care little about it saying their movement is for their lives and livelihoods.
These teachers admit that the classes are being hampered due to their ongoing movement but they have nothing to do except it as the government did not respond their demand raised several times in the past.
The primary teachers under the banner of Bangladesh Non-Government Primary Teachers Association gathered in front of the Jatiya Press Club on Sunday with the demand for immediate implementation of the nationalisation of the non-government primary schools.
Around 17,000 primary teachers from 4159 non-government primary schools across the country are on the movement. They said they would not return to the classes and home until their demands are met.
The agitated teachers said they would go for hunger strike if the government does not respond their demand.
Leaders of these teachers from different divisions said they are passing an inhuman life as they have jobs but no salary.
They have requested prime minister Sheikh Hasina to nationalise their educational institutions.
They said their schools have fulfilled all conditions for the nationalisation of the educational institutions but they are deprived of it.
“We have repeatedly told the government to take the step of nationalisaion of our non-government primary schools but we did not get any response yet,” Kamal Hossain, secretary general of Bangladesh Non-Government Primary Teachers Association told The Independent.
Asked about whether their movement is hampering the academic activities, he said, “One teacher is in the classroom and three are in the movement in the capital. It’s true the classes are being hampered but we have no other way left.”
He also said that they would go for hunger strike if their demands are not met. – Staff Reporter

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