Teachers of Ebtedayee madrasas on Monday continued their hunger strike demanding an announcement from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to nationalise all registered madrasas.
Kazi Ruhul Amin Chowdhury, president of Bangladesh Swatantra Ebtedayee Madrasa Shikkhak Samity, which is leading the movement, said, “We want a specific announcement from the premier.”
Mentioning that they did not get any salary from the government for decades, he said they cannot choose but continue their protest.
He informed that around 200 teachers became sick during the demonstration and many of them were hospitalised.
On Sunday, the teachers met Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid twice and rejected his call to end their demonstration saying that they would continue their programme until the prime minister assured them of satisfying their demand.
The minister asked them to return to their homes calling off the strike and assured them that their demand would be placed before the prime minister and the finance minister.
There are around 48,000 teachers in about 10,000 madrasas who did not receive any salary from the government since the institutions were registered under the Madrasa Education Board in 1984.
In 1994, 6,776 teachers of 1,519 madrasas started receiving allowances of Tk 500.
In 2013, the government raised the amount to Tk 1,000. In 2016-17, the government increased the allowances of head teachers to Tk 2,500 and assistant head teachers to Tk 2,300.But the rest do not receive any allowances from the government.