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Madrasa teachers’ hunger strike rolled onto 7th day


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

The teachers 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, reports UNB.

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

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

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