Prodip Roy and
Md Anwarul Islam
Photo: Copyrighted, Bangladesh Shishu Academy
Last year, on National Library Day, the Daily Star published an article entitled “School librarians should be given teacher’ status.” Then on 28th March 2021, a circular was issued by the concerned authority of the Bangladesh government, showing all school librarians and assistant school librarians have been given teacher status. The article was fundamental in the context of that time. After a long movement and waiting period, the school librarians and assistant school librarians got the teacher status. The inequality is now eliminated after the announcement of the new MPO policies and the human resources framework 2021 for private schools and colleges. The new position of the school librarian is called ‘Teacher (Library and Information Science)’, and Assistant Librarian cum Cataloguer is called ‘Assistant Teacher (Library and Information Science).
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Infographic: Prodip Roy, under the CCBY
Since the establishment of the National Education Policy 2010, the position of school librarian was created in Bangladesh. Since the school librarian recruitment, there was a massive conflict and confusion surrounding the school librarians roles. The role of assistant librarian was removed from the third and fourth-class employees list in the partial amendment order issued on January 8, 2013. In this order, the assistant librarians were treated as teaching staff. On the other hand, the revised regulations of the Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Board issued on December 22, 2016, stated that “librarians, assistant librarians and any staff appointed for office management or part-time teaching shall not be considered as teachers.” Since then, the assistant librarians have been struggling with their position status and demanding the return of their teacher status through a government order (The Daily Star, 2021).
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