The cheques of the teachers have bounced over the last three to four days. Many of those cheques had incorrect advice
Many primary schoolteachers have failed to withdraw their salary for June before the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays, as errors were made in the advice when the pay cheques were written.
Sources at Sonali Bank told the Bangla Tribune that even those teachers who were able to collect their salaries with the flawed cheques by Thursday had already been instructed to return the amount to the bank.
Pinky, an assistant teacher of Mohammadpur Shaheen Government Primary School, said she was able to collect her salary for June on Thursday morning, but around noon the bank had contacted her by phone and asked her to return the money.
An officer concerned of Sonali Bank’s Mohammadpur branch told the Bangla Tribune: “We were not able to dispense salaries to the teachers as we could not get clearance from Bangladesh Bank (BB).”
BB Executive Director Subhankar Saha confirmed that they were unable to give clearance as they had detected errors in a large number of the government cheques.
“The teachers are not responsible for their suffering. The errors took place while the cheques were being written. The cheques have bounced over the last three to four days because many of them had incorrect advice,” he said.
The current basic pay scale of a primary teacher is from Tk4,900-6400.