Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has agreed to meet public university teachers today (Monday) in a bid to end the standstill in educational activities in the public universities countrywide due to the teachers' ongoing strike. "The meeting will be held at 4:30pm at Ganabhaban tomorrow (Monday).
A delegation of 30 teachers will meet the Prime Minister", Prof ASM Maksud Kamal, Secretary General of the Federation of Bangladesh University Teachers Association (FBUTA), told the Daily Observer on Sunday, the seventh day of .the teachers' indefinite work abstention.
They enforced their agitation programme at all 37 public universities since January 11 to press home their demand for retaining selection grade and time scale in the 8th pay scale, and for a separate pay scale.
Meanwhile, FBUTA President Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed and Secretary General ASM Maksud Kamnal submitted a new memorandum containing two specific proposals to Education Secretary Sohrab Hossain in the afternoon for a quick and acceptable solution to the crisis. Earlier, FBUTA also held several meetings with the teachers on the Dhaka University campus.
"In the memo, the teachers demanded same salaries and other allowances like the seventh national pay scale, also there has to be the provision by which 25 percent of the professors can be uplifted to grade I," said Maksud Kamal.
He added that they also demanded that the government provide scholarship to young teachers for higher education and take step to introduce research for them.
The FBUTA secretary general hoped that the ongoing crisis would be resolved quickly, as an alternative proposal has been submitted to the ministry which would 'preserve due respect of the university teachers.'
"We think the ongoing crisis can be solved after discussion with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina," he said, adding that after resolution of the crisis teachers will take classes on weekly holidays to cover-up the losses following their work abstention.
Maksud Kamal said they will continue their movement and talks simultaneously until the demands are met.
Meanwhile, around 2.4 lakh students and their guardians are in apprehension of facing session jam for teachers' continued strike.
No classes but scheduled examinations were held at Dhaka University on the seventh consecutive day of strike on Sunday.