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MPO likely after 8yrs

MPO likely after 8yrs

The government is going to provide monthly pay order (MPO) facilities to non-government educational institutions after eight years.

To provide MPO facilities, the government recently published the MPO Policy, 2018, to share a portion of the budgetary allocation with the teachers and employees of these educational institutions.

Meanwhile, the education ministry, yesterday, formed two separate committees for selecting the non-government educational institutions to provide the facilities.

Ministry sources said they would complete the process of selecting the educational institutions to provide MPOs within 15 days. But the education ministry sources said they still did not know how many educational institutions would get the MPO facilities.

It would depend on the budgetary allocation.

At present, there are about 28,000 MPO listed educational institutions where around 5 lakh teachers and employees are working, that require around Tk. 9.5 crore of government support.

On the other hand, there are around 7,000 non-MPO educational institutions, where around 80,000 teachers non-teaching staff are engaged.

As per the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (DSHE), if all the non-MPO educational institutions are extended the MPO facilities, it would require around Tk. 1.5 crore per month. The last MPO facilities were given in 2010, when a total of 1,622 educational institutions were given the MPO perquisites.

The teachers and staff of the educational institutions out of MPO facilities have been holding various programmes to realise their long-cherished demand.

Finally, they are going to get facility after eight long years.

Meanwhile, an institution selection committee will assess the manpower of

non-government educational institutions and make the selection as per the MPO policy 2018.

This nine-member committee, headed by additional secretary (non-government institutions) of secondary and higher education division Jabed Ahmed will recommend

to the government the non-government educational institutions to be brought under MPO facilities. They will also recommend steps against irregularities or inconsistencies in information provided by the educational institutions while submitting applications.

The other committee would be an 8-member technical team, headed by director-general of the Bangladesh Bureau of Educational Information and Statistics (BANBEIS) Md Fashiullah for making software to receive online applications from the non-government educational institutions.

This technical committee will receive online applications from non-government educational institutions that fulfil the conditions of Provision 14 of the MPO policy 2018.

The committee will process the data obtained from the applications and present them before the ‘institutions selection committee’ after making a gradation list.

“We have already started work to provide MPO facilities to non-government educational institutions. Next week, we will sit with BANBEIS for developing the software for online application,” Jabed Ahmed told The Independent yesterday.

He said they were ready for the MPOs of schools and colleges but had to sit with the authorities of technical and madrasa education division for coordination so that all processes could be completed at the same time.

Asked about the number of non-government educational institutions that would come under the MPO facilities, he said, “Nothing can be said right now. It depends on the budgetary allocation for the purpose.”

Right now hundreds of teachers and employees are holding sit-ins on the roadside of the capital, demanding the inclusion of their educational institutions under MPO facilities.

The leaders of these institutions said they would not accept the government proposal if a small number of educational institutions were extended the facilities, as they had been deprived for 20 years, they were eligible for MPO.

“We want the government to bring all the recognised non-government educational institutions under MPO facilities. Otherwise, we will continue our movement,” president of the Federation of Teachers-Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions Golam Mahmudunnabi told The Independent.





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