The government allocated enough money in the proposed budget of 2019-20 fiscal year (FY) to provide new non-government educational institutions with monthly pay order (MPO) facilities, as the MPO enlistment was suspended for nine years.
A total of 1,622 educational institutions were last brought under the MPO benefits in 2010. Several thousand teachers and employees took to the streets multiple times demanding the MPO scheme in the last years.Earlier on June 14, the education ministry published the MPO Policy-2018 to provide the facilities for the non-MPO institutions and sought application online.
A total of 9,614 applications were submitted seeking the MPO. But 2,762 institutions which have fulfilled four conditions for MPO were selected.
The education ministry recently sought Tk 1,247 crore from the finance ministry to provide MPO facilities for the new educational institutions.
Education ministry officials said they will publish the list of names of the institutions soon after scrutinizing for the last time. Teachers will get the MPO facilities with effect from July 1. Finance Minister AHM Mustafa Kamal in the written budget speech said: “I would like to begin with our education sector and let me share some good news for the Ministry of Education.”
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina read out a part of the budget speech due to sickness of the finance minister.
Mentioning from the budget speech, she said the MPO enlistment was suspended for a long period of time.At the request of the Ministry of Education and on the special instruction of the Prime Minister, necessary funds have been earmarked in the budget this year for enlistment of new schools in the MPO list, she said
Teachers and employees of MPO-listed institutions get government benefits, including 100 percent of their basic salary and other allowances, but non-MPO institutions are not entitled to such facilities.
In 2018-19, the government had set aside Tk 500 crore for new MPO institutions, but the fund was not used because of the election and other issues, officials said.
Currently, over 4 lakh teachers and other employees of 26,340 secondary schools, colleges, madrasas and technical institutes are enjoying the benefits. According to Shikhya Pratishthan Shikkhak Karmachari Federation, there are 5,242 non-MPO educational institutions where around 80,000 teachers are working without the facilities with some for over a decade.