Over 100 madrassah teachers fall sick as hunger strike enters 5th day

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:40, Jan 13,2018

 
 

Madrassah teachers, under the banner of Bangladesh Swatantra Shikkhak Samiti, observe fast-unto-death in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka on Friday to press home their six-point demand. — New Age photo

A total of 106 Ibtedayi madrassah teachers fell sick as few hundred teachers continued their fast-unto-death for the fourth consecutive day on Friday to intensify their protest and press forth their demand for nationalisation of all primary-level madrassahs under the Bangladesh Madrassah Education Board.
Among them 10 teachers were admitted to Dhaka Medical College and Hospital inside of Friday as they fell sick due to the hunger strike on the roads during the cold wave in front of the National Press Club in capital, said organisation leaders.
Earlier, about 2,500 teachers, under the banner of Bangladesh Swatantra Ibtedayi Madrassah Shikkhak Samiti, observed a sit-in demonstration for eight consecutive days till January 8.
The organisation president, Qazi Ruhul Amin Chowdhury said defying the shivering cold, madrassah teachers from across the country started their demonstration to press forth their six-point demand, including nationalisation of Ibtedayi madrassahs.
Demanding an immediate solution to the problem, the president said they would continue their hunger strike until their demands were met through an announcement from the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, or education minister Nurul Islam Nahid.
Their demands include salary under national pay scale, construction of separate buildings for Ibtedayi madrassahs and trainings similar to the primary school teachers.
Teachers said about 50,000 teachers of 10,000 Ibtedayi madrassahs were living in inhuman condition without adequate salaries.
The leaders said on Sunday that they submitted a petition to the state minister for technical and madrassah education division, Kazi Keramat Ali, as part of their programme. 

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