Madrasah teachers’ hunger strike rolled onto 7th day

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Desk Report:

Several hundred Ebtedayee madrasah teachers continued to lie down on street in front of the National Press Club for the seventh straight day today, on hunger strike, demanding nationalisation of all registered primary-equivalent Islamic schools.

They are passing days and nights in great miseries, struggling hard to fight the January cold with thin blankets and over 150 of them are already taking supports of intravenous saline for survival.

Twelve more teachers fell sick on Monday and two others were admitted at Dhaka Medical College Hospital, raising the number of indisposed teachers to 177 so far.

On Sunday, the leaders of the Bangladesh Independent Ebtedayee Madrasah Teachers’ Association, that has waged the movement, met twice with the Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and newly appointed State Minister for Technical and Madrasah Education Kazi Keramot Ali but to no avail.

Secretary General of Bangladesh Independent Ebtedayee Madrasah Teachers’ Association, Mokhlesur Rahman told UNB that they will continue the hunger strike until the government fulfills their demands.

On January 1, the Ebtedayee teachers arranged a sit-in programme following which on January 8, they submitted separate memoranda to the Education Ministry and Finance Ministry and after that on January 9, and the teachers went on the indefinite hunger strike demanding the nationalization of 8,500 registered Ebtedayee madrasahs.
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