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Govt project teachers to go on hunger strike tomorrow for permanent job

22 Oct,2018

BDchronicle:
A section of teachers who were appointed under a World Bank-run government project will go on indefinite hunger strike from tomorrow with a demand to make their job permanent.

The hunger strike was declared at a sit-in programme attended by several hundred teachers in front of the Jatiya press Club in Dhaka this morning. 

However, police asked the protesting teachers to leave the spot immediately after they started the protest and allegedly snatched away some of their banners.

A total of 5,200 men and women were recruited as additional class teacher (ACT) under the project titled Education Quality and Access Enhancement Project” (SEQAEP). The contract ended in December last year.

“The government assured us of making our jobs permanent after the project ended. They even took our documents in August and we were said that we would get a reply within a week,” Koushik Chandra Bormon, president of Bangladesh Additional Class Teachers' Association, told The BDchronicle.

But the teachers have yet to receive any call, Bormon said.

The teachers demanded a government gazette notification on making their job permanent, he said. 

Many of the teachers have crossed the age limit for government jobs and they did not switch to other jobs on getting assurance from the higher authorities, Bormon said.

“Seeing no other option, we come down to the streets today,” he said.

The additional class teacher (ACT) were appointed under the project on a temporary basis, to teach only English, Math and Science subjects at secondary level in 2015, as students' results in these subjects in public examinations were poor. They were teaching along with the regular teachers of the institutions.

The contract ended in December last year, and the ACTs are not receiving salaries from the government any more. However, many of the teachers receive a small honorarium from the institution since the project ended.

On May 14, the teachers organised a press conference under the banner of Bangladesh ACT Association to voice their concerns and place demands to make their job permanent.

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