Public university teachers who have been on a movement to press for their four-point demand had a fruitful meeting with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday evening, according to the Prime Minister’s Office.The meeting of a delegation of the Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers Association (FBUTA), led by its president Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed, with the Prime Minister was held at Ganobhaban after Maghrib prayers.
Briefing reporters after the meeting, PM’s Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said a fruitful discussion was held at the meeting as the Prime Minister assured the teachers of looking into their demands.
Ihsanul Karim said a promotion ladder grade 3 to grade 1 will be created for the university teachers.
He also said other demands of the university teachers will duly be considered.
About the teachers’ observations, the PM’s press secretary said they told the Prime Minister that they would discuss the meeting outcome at their own forum and return to classes as soon as possible.
Contacted, FBUTA secretary general Prof ASM Maksud Kamal told UNB that the Prime Minister listened to their demands and told them that she would herself look into the matter.
He also expressed the hope that the stalemate over the pay scale will be over soon.
About returning to classes, Prof ASM Maksud Kamal said they would discuss the issue at an FBUTA meeting soon.
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 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 discriminations 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, advocating for a four-point demand that includes the formation of a commission to initiate an independent pay scale for them.
The other demands of the teachers are to remove the gap in salaries and allowances between senior professors and senior secretaries, and between professors and secretaries; upgrading the status of teachers in the warrant of precedence; and the provision of cars and other allowances for teachers similar to provisions given to bureaucrats.