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Teachers in Bangladesh demand better wages

About 180,000 primary school teachers walked out of their classes across Bangladesh to demand better pay and other benefits.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 12:35 IST

About 180,000 primary school teachers on Saturday walked out of their classes across Bangladesh to demand better pay and other benefits, an organiser said.

The teachers' protests have been organised to press the government to fulfil its earlier promise to provide them with better benefits and working conditions before Prime Minister Khaleda Zia's five-year term expires in October, said Abul Kalam Azad, a spokesman for the Bangladesh School Teachers' Association.

Teachers in about 37,000 government primary schools want a 10-20 per cent salary rise and a moderate increase in health and housing allowances, he said.

A teacher currently gets on an average 4,000 takas ($59; euro46) a month, according to the Ministry of Education.