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Public university teachers hope for an early solution

Update : 14 Jan 2016, 09:29 PM

Teachers in all 37 public universities in the country continued observing indefinite work abstention for fourth consecutive day yesterday in protest of the “government inaction” to address their demands to revise the new pay scale for public servants.

Under the leadership of Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers' Association (FBUTA), teachers have boycotted classes, including evening courses, at the state-owned universities.

Earlier at a press briefing near Aparejeyo Bangla on Dhaka University (DU) campus, FBUTA Secretary General Prof Maksud Kamal said he hoped to be able to stop their protest within a short time.

Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed, president of the FBUTA, also hoped that the crisis would get resolved soon.

“Teachers all over the country are observing the work abstention spontaneously, but we want to go back to our classrooms soon with a fruitful solution,” he said at the briefing.

Asked about the session jam to be caused by their demonstration, Prof Ahmed said: “This may cause session jam and hamper the students' academic lives, but we know how to eradicate that problem. That is why we urge the government to take prompt action so the students' regular academic activities do not get disrupted."

Public university teachers around the country have been protesting against the Eighth National Pay Scale since May last year, pressing for a four-point charter of demands, including formation of a separate commission to initiate an independent pay scale for public university teachers. 

Other demands include parity between senior professors and senior secretaries and between professors and secretaries in salaries and allowances, upgrade of teachers' status in the warrant of precedence, and equalisation of the provisions of cars, foreign and government scholarships and other allowances between teachers.

The DU campus, which is always abuzz with activities, saw a thin presence of students and teachers since the work abstention started.

Most of the classrooms at the university were locked. As the course final exams were out of the purview of the strike in special consideration, some semester final exams took place at the DU. 

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