Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday told the House that her government will make a decision on the issue of inclusion of private schools in the monthly pay order (MPO) in the next national budget, reports BSS and UNB.
The assurance from the leader of the House came at a time when private school teachers have been on a hunger strike in Dhaka for the last couple of weeks in order to realize their demands for nationalization and MPO enlistment.
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"We're nationalizing and bringing the schools under the MPO on the basis of a policy. Taking this policy into consideration, making a list and seeing the condition of the schools, we will make a decision on the inclusion of the prospective schools in the MPO list, when the next budget will be placed," she said while responding to a supplementary question raised by Tariqat Federation lawmaker Syed Nazibul Bashar Maizbhanadari during her Q&A session.
The policy is based on aspects like the number of students, the quality of schools and students and how the teachers are providing education, said the premier.
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"Before finalizing the list, we will have to see what amount of money has been allocated in the budget, which schools are qualified for getting the MPO and how many students are studying in those schools," she said.
In this connection, the prime minister cited an example in which she refused a proposal made by one of her relatives for nationalization of a school in Rangpur’s Pirganj.
Sheikh Hasina said her relative came up with the proposal for nationalizing a school that has only 150 students.
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"I refused my relative’s request since such requests should be rational," she said.
The prime minister said her government is not only bringing the schools under the MPO, it is also diversifying education and taking initiatives for improving its quality.
She stated that the government nationalized 26,000 schools after returning to power in 2009.