The leaders of the platform made their demand public at a press conference at Dhaka Reporter’s Unity (DRU), on Friday
Assistant teachers at government primary schools have urged the authorities to raise their salary scale from 13th to 11th grade on the National Pay Scale.
The Bangladesh Primary Assistant Teachers’ Alliance threatened they would go for a tougher movement if the authorities fail to meet their demand by December 15.
The leaders of the platform made their demand public at a press conference at Dhaka Reporter’s Unity (DRU), on Friday.
The program was chaired by the association's President, Shahinur Akhtar, while its member Asaduzzaman read out the written statement at the press briefing.
For the last five years, they have been urging the government to raise their salary grade, Asaduzzaman said.
"So, we demand the discrimination in salary grade be removed. Otherwise, we will go for a tougher movement," he added.
Earlier on September 8, a proposal in this regard was sent from the Primary and Mass Education Ministry to the Finance Ministry for upgrading salaries of assistant teachers to grade 12, they said.
However, the Finance Ministry rejected the proposal saying there was no scope to raise it to grade 12.
Currently an assistant teacher receives Tk 10,200 in the 14th grade of the National Pay Scale.
Leaders of the teachers’ association urged the Primary and Mass Education Ministry to send a new proposal for upgrading the status of assistant teachers to grade 11 immediately.
“Our demands are logical as Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announced including us (assistant teachers) in the salary upgrades in May 2014,” Shahinur Akhtar said.
"It was also an agenda in the manifesto of the Awami League led government," he added.
The Ministry of Primary and Mass Education proposed to upgrade their salary structure to grade 10 for headmasters and grade 12 for assistant teachers.
On September 11, 2018, a letter signed by Ministry of Finance Deputy Secretary, Sadi Sharmin, said there is no need for any upgradation in the salary structure.
There are 65,902 primary schools in Bangladesh, which employ 3,25,000 assistant teachers and 42,000 headmasters.
The press conference was attended, among others, by the Bangladesh Primary Assistant Teachers’ Association members Aminul Haque, Enamul Haque, Ekhlasur Rahman, and Abdul Ohab Sheikh.