50 sick so far in teachers’ hunger strike

50 sick so far in teachers’ hunger strike

Dhaka, Jan 3 (Just News): So far, 50 teachers have fallen sick as their hunger strike demanding enlistment into the Monthly Pay Order (MPO) system enters day four in unwavering spirit.

They are adamant on receiving words and assurance directly from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina before abandoning their demonstration and going back home.

Golam Mahmudunnabi, president of Non-MPO Shikhya Pratishthan Shikhyak Karmachari Federation, told The Daily Star that until this morning 50 teachers, him including, fell sick from starvation.

Yesterday, the banner rejected the assuring words of Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid and demanded a specific time frame.

About 80,000 teachers currently employed in 5,242 government-recognised schools all over Bangladesh are not under a pay scheme. They do not receive any payment with some having remained unpaid well over decades.

This is because the schools do not have the ability to pay the teachers, while the government stopped enlisting the institutions for MPO due to a "fund crisis".