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Polytechnic teachers demand job regularization

A total of 876 polytechnic teachers, recruited under STEP – Skills and Training Enhancement Project – sought the prime minister’s assurance to secure their jobs at the seminar

Update : 30 Mar 2019, 01:09 AM

Teachers recruited for the “STEP” project urged the government to fulfil their pledge of making their jobs permanent. 

The teachers formed a human chain in front of the National Press Club in the capital on Friday morning to press home their demand.

Later, Bangladesh Polytechnic Teachers Federation (BPTF) organized a seminar, "The Role of Teachers Engaged in STEP in the Advancement of Technical Education," at the Institute of Diploma Engineers Bangladesh auditorium in this connection.

A total of 876 polytechnic teachers, recruited under STEP – Skills and Training Enhancement Project – sought the prime minister’s assurance to secure their jobs at the seminar.

The government appointed 1,015 teachers under the STEP project when the IDEB in 2012 was protesting the shortage of teachers at polytechnic institutes. Of the recruited teachers, 876 were experienced, but they are yet to be made permanent.

President of IDEB Central Executive Committee, AKMA Hamid, encouraging teachers at the seminar said: “In our development plan, we repeatedly hear the phrase ‘shortage of skilled work force.’ You are only 876 skilled people but the government needs a million more. So the government will rethink about your future.’

IDEB Central Executive Committee General Secretary Shamsur Rahman said it would not possible for the government to continue the technical education system if  teachers are not appointed. “It is not possible to run the education system without this workforce. And that's why we call the government to create 2200 posts in the next three months, where STEP teachers will be able to get priority. These teachers are our resources. The government will not rule them out.”

Bapashis Central Executive Committee President Hafiz Ahmed Siddiqui told the teachers: “You have a strong support from ‘Bapashis’. We are hopeful you will also be justly rewarded in pay. In each of our resolutions we have asked for permanent recruitment of STEP teachers. You and our leaders have conveyed your claim to the relevant authorities in government.”

Bangabandhu Diploma Engineer Council President Khabir Hossain said if STEP teachers no longer work from June, 49 polytechnic institutions will go without enough teachers and the technical education system will collapse.

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