As per their prescheduled programme, teachers of all 37 public universities continued the indefinite work stoppage yesterday for the 4th consecutive day, protesting the “government inaction” on addressing their demand for removing the “pay disparity” with bureaucrats.Under the leadership of FBUTA, they refrained from giving any classes including evening courses at the universities.
Earlier at a press briefing at DU Bottola, ASM Maksud Kamal secretary general of the Federation of Bangladesh University teacher’s Association hoped that they will stop the work abstention soon within a short time.
Dhaka University, the premium educational institution in the country which always remains abuzz with activities, had a thin presence of students and teachers. Most of the classrooms were locked.
As the course final exams were out of the purview of the strike in special consideration of students, some semester final exams were running at DU.
“Teachers all over the country are observing the work stoppage spontaneously, but we want to go back to our classrooms soon through a fruitful solution, ” said Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed president of FBUTA.
While questioning about creating session jam he replied “This might cause session jam and hamper student’s academic lives, but we know better how to eradicate the plague”.
“That is why we urge the government to take prompt action to smooth student’s regular academic activities.” he added.
Teachers of all the 37 universities have been protesting the 8th pay scale since May last year, pressing for a four-point charter of demands, including formation of a commission to initiate an independent pay scale for public university teachers.