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BCS teachers on 2-day strike

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The BCS qualified teachers went on strike to compel the government to cancel its plan to give teachers of nationalised colleges the same status and benefits enjoyed by them.

With the slogan — No BCS, No Cadre — the teachers started work abstention on Sunday morning suspending classes, exams and other official activities at all national colleges across the country.

“We are demonstrating at our respective institutions. We will continue the protests tomorrow (Monday),” Prof IK Selim Ullah, president of BCS General Education Association, said.

The protests have lead to the cancellation of exams for the two days at the National University as well.

The government is nationalising, in phases, one high school and one college in every Upazila that lacked government high schools or colleges so far.

The BCS-qualified teachers have long been protesting the plan that will eventually nationalise 325 private high schools and 315 private colleges.

Teachers in these colleges, that have been nationalised lately, are already listed under the BSC cadre. However, the government is yet to decide on their status.

The BCS cadre teachers have called on the government to come up with a specific set of rules for assimilation of teachers at these colleges.

There are more than 15,000 teachers appointed to different government colleges under the general education cadre.

On Friday, the BCS teachers declared the protest programmes for Nov 26-27 at a rally at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka.

More strikes are due to be held on Jan 6, 7 and 8, according to the announcement.

-NK

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