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DU, JU teachers to suspend classes if Universal Pension Scheme not withdrawn

  • Formed human chain on DU campus
  • Demanded separate salary structure with professional facilities
Update : 26 May 2024, 07:52 PM

Teachers of Dhaka University (DU), Jahangirnagar University (JU) and Jagannath University (JnU) have protested against the government's Universal Pension Scheme, demanding the continuation of the previous scheme.

They threatened to suspend classes if the government does not withdraw the Universal Pension Scheme and introduce a separate salary structure with professional facilities for university teachers

Leaders of the Dhaka University Teachers' Association formed a human chain in this connection on Sunday. 

The DU teachers have given the ultimatum to suspend all classes and examinations at the university from July 1 if the pension scheme is not withdrawn by June 30.

The Teachers' Association of Jahangirnagar University also formed a human chain on the road adjacent to Shahid Minar of the university.

Teachers of Jahangirnagar University speaking in  a human chain on the road adjacent to Shahid Minar of the university on Sunday, May 26, 2024. Photo: Dhaka Tribune

The speakers termed the inclusion of teachers in the Prattay scheme as a conspiracy to destroy the education system and demanded the immediate exclusion of teachers from the Pratyaya scheme and a separate pay structure.

If the demand is not met by Monday, they warned to boycott classes for 2 hours from 10am to 12pm on Tuesday.

Professor Sufi Mostafizur Rahman of the Department of Archeology, JU said that the salaries and allowances that university teachers receive for teaching and research are very inadequate.  Now the salaries of teachers are being reduced instead of being increased. 

If that happens, the university will no longer be a place to practice knowledge. Because talented people will not come to this profession, they will go to other fields or abroad where there are more benefits. If university teachers are deprived, the country will be deprived, he added.

Teachers of JnU held a human chain demanding the withdrawal of the circular issued by the Ministry of Finance to exclude them from the pension scheme, the inclusion of university teachers in the promised super grade and the introduction of a separate pay scale for teachers.

Dr Shaikh Masrick Hasan of the finance department said: "If our demands are not met, we will go on a two-hour work stoppage on Tuesday in accordance with the program of the Bangladesh University Teachers' Federation."

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