Teachers in Bangladesh are still fighting to be paid properly. Last month 300 teachers went on hunger strike in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka, demanding that promises to put them on the monthly pay roll be honoured. When they were appointed, they were promised this would happen after two years, but a year and a half later this had still not happened. As a result, teachers were living in abject poverty. A government spokesperson blamed shortage of funds for the failure to pay them properly.

Hunger strikes are a common tactic of protest in Bangladesh and have also been used by the thousands of badly paid garment workers. Protesting at all demands courage because demonstrators are often attacked violently by police.

As in countries all over the world, but particularly in the global South, public education in Bangladesh is being increasingly starved of funds, while private education is subsidised and growing. At the sharp end of these policies, which are promoted in particular by the World Bank, are public school teachers and their students. In the case of the teachers, they are not only paid starvation wages and working in bad conditions, they are also routinely blamed for the perceived failures of public schooling.

This website is always pleased to hear from teachers and others who are involved in the struggle for free, public and democratic education. If you have first hand experience of this in Bangladesh, please get in touch