Teachers in Ruma working without salary for six years

Published : 01 Sep 2022 09:36 PM

Teachers of the only government college of Ruma upazila are not getting salary for 6 years due to various complications. Teachers and employees of the nationalized Ruma Sangu government college of Ruma upazila are facing these hassles. As a result, 11 teachers and 3 employees working in the institution are spending inhuman days with their families.

 Most recently, it can be seen that the college is located in a beautiful natural environment on about three acres of land near the Sangu River, adjacent to the Ruma-Bandarban road. As soon as people enter the boundary, they can see on the left hand side some development work is going on including a Shaheed Minar, academic building, classrooms, offices, teacher's dormitory, students' and girls' hostels in memory of language martyrs. In general, it can be said that a government college has everything it should have. But teachers of this institute have been living an inhuman life for over six years.

Office Assistant Zafar Alam said that the college is nationalized, but they are not getting salary for 6 years. He is in great trouble with two children, wife and mother. ‘I am passing the day with difficulty without eating’, he said.

Lu pru mong marma, a night watchman, said that he was living a miserable life with three children. Due to poverty in the family, 4 years ago, the wife went to her parents' house, leaving behind three children. The elder daughter lives on what she earns from day labor in other people's fields. He does not know when he will get his salary.

It is known that Ruma Sangu College was established in 2000 by some of the upazila's local education enthusiasts. After its establishment, this educational institution started its journey with a few students. Later, the college was closed due to various political instability at that time. After being closed for 12 years, on September 17, 2013, the Prime Minister of the current government, Sheikh Hasina, came to inaugurate the Ruma Sangu Bridge. She announced the establishment of one government college in each upazila. Due to this, after being closed for 12 years, the college started again in 2014 with 6 teachers and 57 students. Then in 2016, the government approved the privatization of 217 colleges of the country. Later on August 8, 2018, it published the gazette of colleges declared for nationalization. Ruma Sangu College was also brought under nationalization with the concerted efforts of Chittagong Hill Tracts Affairs Minister Bir Bahadur Ushwe Singh MP. After that the college was renamed as 'Ruma Sangu Government College'. The college started with the admission of students, development of various infrastructures, recruitment of teachers and other class activities. The college has come back to life. So far, 6 batches have successfully passed the HSC examination till the year 2021, said the principal of the college, Swe Prue Ching Marma.

President of Ruma Upazila Press Club, journalist and educationist Shwehla Chingmarma said that since the establishment of the college, the college has been playing a leading role in building a good citizen in building a developed country. But the fact that the teachers and employees are not getting salary for 6 years is inhumane. They are suffering from extreme depression without getting salary for so many years. The matter needs to be dealt with very quickly.

Ruma Sangu Government College Principal Swe prue Ching Marma said that after the nationalization of the college, the files of the teachers and staff were sent to the Directorate of Secondary and Higher Education (MAOSHI) in 2019. Then on March 11, 2021, the files of 11 teachers and 3 employees working in the college were sent to the Ministry of Education. After verification of the documents in the Ministry of Education, the files of 8 teachers were blocked due to discrepancies in the documents. As the documents of other 3 teachers and 3 employees were correct, their files went to the Ministry of Finance. The files are currently awaiting approval in the Council of Ministers meeting, and those found to be inconsistencies have appealed again to the Ministry of Education.