The government, at long last, bowed to the key demand of the non-government teachers and employees for payment of 100 per cent of their basic salary from the government exchequer, report agencies.
About 25 thousand non-government school, college and madrasah teachers have been waging a movement for one month to realise their demands including cent per cent remuneration from the government coffer.
Education Minister Osman Farruk made the announcement at the sit-in programme of the Shikkhak Karmochari Oikya Jote (SKOJ) led by M Selim Bhuiyan at Muktangan in the city Sunday.
From early morning, thousands of teachers started streaming into the sit-in venue, as there had been reports that the government could come with its announcement Sunday.
"We have admitted that the teachers' demands are rational… we have accepted most of your demands, especially the main one, that is, 10 per cent increase of your salary," Farruk told the mammoth gathering of teachers to a gale of applause.
Earlier, a committee assigned by the government to solve the lingering crisis in the country's education sector called a press conference at the secretariat and announced the government decision of providing cent per cent salary to the non-government teachers.
The announcement takes retrospective effect from July 1, the beginning of the current financial year. Initially it will be increased by five per cent and disbursed in cash and the remaining five per cent will be given through bonds due to the shortage of cash fund.