Today marks the 20th anniversary of World Teachers' Day, which commemorates the adoption of the ILO/UNESCO recommendations concerning the status of teachers in 1966.
More than 100 countries celebrate World Teachers' Day today.
Bangladesh Primary Teachers and Assistant Teachers Front convenor Umme Salma Khaleda Akter told The Daily Observer, "Teacher's payment is not well in our country. It should be increased for the betterment of the overall education. Government should arrange teacher's development training in abroad. Then they could understand their limitations. Marginalized educational institutions should get priority in this case. Government should be attentive and take these matters seriously for the quality education."
The theme of the day this year is "Investing in teachers means investing in the future." Several teachers' organisations are going to observe World Teachers' Day across the country.
Vice Chancellor of Dhaka University AAMS Arefin Siddique told The Daily Observer, "We should respect the teachers, simultaneously, it is important to invest in this sector. Especially the salary of the primary teachers should be increased; otherwise, it would not be possible to ensure quality education."
Education Secretary Nazrul Islam told this correspondent, "We have several plans for the welfare of the teachers at all levels. We have already asked the Pay Commission to give a 'Pay scale' especially for the teachers."
"Not only that, we have a plan to hold an education fair, workshops in future. The Ministry has different plans for improving the status of the teachers," Nazrul said.
World Teachers' Day was declared on October 5,1994 by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to commemorate the 1966 joint signing of the UNESCO/ International Labour Organisation (ILO) recommendation concerning the status of teachers.
World Teachers' Day acknowledges the efforts of teachers in an increasingly complex, multicultural and technological society. It is a day on which students, parents and community members can demonstrate their appreciation for the contributions that teachers have made to their community.