Teachers of Sylhet school without full salary for 7 months
Thursday, 31 January 2008

Our Correspondent

Teachers and employees of Raja GC High School in the Sylhet city are not getting salaries of the school's portion for seven months following a wrangle between the school authorities and traders of a market owned by the school.

The extra-curriculum activities of the 122-year-old school are also being hampered due to the dispute created over renewal of the lease agreement with increased monthly rent of shops, Abdul Matin, headmaster of the school said, adding the market's rent is the main source of the school's income.

Non-payment of the school portion salaries for seven months left the teachers and staff in hardship, he said.

The trouble erupted in July 2007 when the school authorities, with the expiry of their previous agreement, asked the traders to pay increased security deposit and monthly rent and the traders refused to accept it. At one stage, the shop owners in the same month filed a case with a Sylhet court under the Rent Control Act closing the doors for settling the issue through negotiation, the school authorities said.

'I think the court's verdict on the case filed by the shop owners will be positive and will eventually resolve the problem and the school will be saved from the existing finance crisis,' said additional deputy commissioner, Shahidul Islam, also the president of the school managing committee.

Raja GC High School was established in the city in 1886 and the two-storey market complex by the Municipality Road was constructed in 1966 to create a financial support to run the school,the school authorities said.

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