Separate pay scale is needed for teachers at all levels: DU VC
14 January 2016, Nirapad News: Dhaka University Vice-Chancellor AAMS Arefin Siddique says that a separate pay scale is needed for teachers at all levels, not just for those at universities.
He said Bangladesh needs to offer a high salary to Bangladeshi bio-scientists and nuclear scientists who are presently working abroad to arouse their interest in returning to the country.
“Teachers will not come if we pay them in line with the national pay scale. We’ve identified this problem. Now, it’s time to find a solution,” he argued.
He was speaking at a media conference at his office on Wednesday.
The two-day media conference, held jointly by Dhaka University and the American Institute of Bangladesh Studies, was organised to publish the proposals made in the National Conference on Strategic Management and Effective Leadership in Higher Education in August last year.
The 37 public universities in Bangladesh have been crippled by a teachers’ strike to protest the Eighth National Pay Scale.
College teachers have also started demonstrating against the new pay scale.
Referring to the 60 former teachers who owe Dhaka University nearly Tk 44 million, Siddique said the authorities will file a case of embezzlement against them if they do not repay the money they owe.
He did not specify any definite period for repayment.
“We never discourage our teachers and students from going abroad. In fact it is a matter of pride if one of us works at Princeton University,” Arefin Siddique said.
“But not repaying the money they owe to their alma-mater, Dhaka University, is not right,” he added.
Professor Golam M Mathbor of Manmauth University said that ten recommendations were made at the conference in August last year.
These include increasing transparency and accountability in higher educational institutes, reviewing the admission system and appointing qualified teachers.