Hundreds of madrasa teachers are staging demonstration in front of the Jatiya Press Club. They vowed to continue hunger strike until Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina announces nationalization of their madrasas. -AA
Nine more teachers of Ebtedayee madrassas fell sick on the fourth day of their ongoing indefinite hunger strike yesterday in front of the Jatiya Press Club. With the fresh ones, a total of one hundred teachers had become sick during the hunger strike program, Bangladesh Independent Ebtedayee Madrassa Teachers' Association' president Kazi Ruhul Amin Chowdhury said.
Of the sick, seven were admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Earlier on Tuesday, Ebtedayee madrassa teachers began their indefinite hunger strike demanding nationalization of all the registered Ebtedayee madrassas under Bangladesh Madrassa Education Board. Concluding their nine-day sit-in program under the banner of 'Bangladesh Independent Ebtedayee Madrassa Teachers' Association' in front of the Jatiya Press Club, the teachers started the hunger strike on that day as their demand went unheeded.
Ruhul Amin Chowdhury said they will continue their hunger strike until the government meets their demand. He said though different socio-political leaders expressed their solidarity with their justifiable demands, no one from the government is yet to visit them.
He also said the government increased the salaries and allowances of the primary school teachers but they are deprived of it. 'The government should ensure our pay ferity with the primary school teachers. Ruhul Amin Chowdhury said around 2,000 teachers had joined the protest program and they are determined to continue it until the government declares to meet their demand.
Earlier on Monday, the Ebtedayee teachers submitted separate memoranda to the Education Ministry and Finance Ministry to realize their demands, including nationalization of madrassas, said Kazi Mokhlesur Rahman, secretary general of the association.
The teachers had been on a sit-in program as part of their ultimatum since January 1. The assistant teachers of state-run primary schools earlier on December 22 went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding upgradation of their salary scale. Four days later, on December 25, they ended the strike upon assurance from Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman that their demand will be met.
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