Hunger strike enters 5th day

MNA National Desk: Fourteen more fell sick as the hunger strike for enlistment into Monthly Payment Order (MPO) entered fifth day today, taking the sick tally of the demonstration to 85.

The agitating teachers led by the Federation of Teachers and Employees of non-MPO Educational Institutions said they are ready to sacrifice lives till their demands are met.

Earlier on 2 January, education minister Nurul Islam Nahid urged them to postpone the protest. But, the agitated teachers and employees rejected his proposal due to the lack of any specific ‘time frame’ to solve their problems.

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, some for 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”.


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