A total of 2,648 teachers of government secondary schools across the country are being deprived of benefits of time scale and selection grade for the last six years.
According to the deprived teachers, the government has given second class gazetted status to the assistant teachers of government secondary schools on May 15, 2012.Following change in status, dignity of assistant teachers enhanced, but the standard of living of 2,648 teachers did not improve. They are passing days miserably due to financial crisis as they are yet to get benefits of time scale and selection grade.
If the teachers get time scale and selection grade then they are supposed to get enhanced salary at the rate of Tk 5,000- 6,000 per month. But they are yet to get it.
The teachers are moving from door to door at the Ministry of Education and the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE) for the last few years, but to no avail.
Zakirul Islam, an assistant teacher (Bangla) of Kushtia Zila School, said, “I got appointment at the school in September 2011. I am supposed to get benefits of selection grade three years ago, but I didn’t get it although I got second class status.”
“We seek the prime minister’s intervention to resolve the issue,” he said.
As per rule, assistant teachers are supposed to get benefits of selection grade after four years of job- first time scale after eight years of service and then time scale after 12 years of service.But according to them, 2,648 teachers who joined schools as assistant teachers before 2006 are yet to get benefits of selection grade and time scale.
Before getting second class gazetted status in 2012, non-gazetted teachers of government-run secondary schools used to get benefits of first time scale after eight years of service and then benefits of second time scale after 12 years of service. After 15 years of service, they used to get benefits of third time scale.
The first time scale of 1,335 assistant teachers of 2005 and 2006 batch who passed eight years of service after their appointment under 10th grade and the second time scale of 1,313 teachers of 2001-2002 batch who passed 12 years of service are due.
As per official sources, the DSHE in July, 2015, ordered its area offices countrywide to submit documents of the teachers having service period of eight years, 12 years and 15 years respectively as they deserve time scale benefits as per rule.
Before implementation of National Pay Scale-2015, the implementation branch of finance division under the Ministry of Finance ordered the secretary of the secondary and higher education division of the Ministry of Education for taking measures regarding timescale and selection grade as per National Pay Scale-2009.
A meeting regarding time scale and selection grade was held at the Ministry of Education in July, 2017. As per decision of the meeting of the ministry, names of the teachers who deserve time scale and selection grade was published on the DSHE website. But, the teachers did not get the benefits.
Mohammad Ali Belal, convener of ‘Arrear Time Scale and Selection Grade Implementation Committee’ said, “Although the assistant teachers of government secondary schools got second class status, but they are yet to get their arrears.”
He said, “It is our appeal to the prime minister for resolving complexity regarding time scale and selection grade.”
Admitting the fact, DSHE director (Secondary) Prof Abdul Mannan said, “Despite getting second class status, the assistant teachers of government secondary school are still being deprived of selection grade and time scale facilities.”
“A series of meetings were held between the Ministry of Education and the DSHE regarding the matter, but the meeting yielded no result. But, we want to pay arrears of the teachers,” he added.