Dhaka, May 27 (bdnews24.com) – The government has agreed in principle to regularise jobs of teachers at private registered primary schools, the Prime Minister's Press Secretary has said.
Abul Kalam Azad told reporters that Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina directed relevant ministry to make a policy to that end.
Hasina's order came following a meeting with a representative body of the Bangladesh Non-government Primary Teachers Unity Council on Sunday. The teachers have been demonstrating for job regularisation for a long time.
The Press Secretary said the job regularisation would be completed in three phases adding that no new primary school would be allowed without government approval.
Non-government Primary Teachers Unity Council Member Secretary Abdur Rahman Bachchu told bdnews24.com that the Prime Minister would make an announcement to this end.
"The Prime Minister will make the announcement from a teachers' rally and said that no new schools will be allowed to be registered before the announcement," he said.
Earlier, the teachers had staged demonstrations including a sit-in programme at the Central Shaheed Minar and submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister's Office.
They announced to lock up schools and abstain from work from June 16 if their demands were not met by then.
On Jan 15 and 16, they had locked down their schools and on refrained from work on Jan 17 and 18.
According to the teachers' association, there are around 100,000 teachers working in nearly 24,000 registered non-government primary schools.