The madrasa teachers submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina following a human chain on November 10 last year
Nine madrasa teachers, who are involved in a movement demanding nationalization of all registered Ebtedayee madrasas in Bangladesh, have fallen ill because of chilly weather in the winter season.
Confirming the matter to the correspondent, Secretary General of Bangladesh Independent Ebtedayee Madrasa Teachers’ Association, Kazi Mokhlesur Rahman stated that the teachers are suffering from common cold, fever and respiratory complications.
“Many of our teachers are suffering from cold related diseases, such as the common cold and pneumonia. We are taking steps to send them to Dhaka Medical College Hospital,” he added.
The madrasa teachers submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina following a human chain on November 10 last year, and gave December 31 as an ultimatum for meeting their demand of nationalization of all registered Ebtedayee madrasas.
As the teachers did not receive any response by December 30, they began a sit-in programme in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka from January 1.
The protesters also threatened to go on an indefinite hunger strike from Tuesday [January 9] if their demand is not met by Monday.
A number of teachers participating in the movement stated that Ebtedayee madrasas operate in the manner as a primary school, but the madrasa teachers do not get facilities on par with the primary school teachers.
“We want this injustice to end as soon as possible,” the teachers said.
The sick teachers are– Harun-ur-Rashid from Rangpur, Md Ruhul Amin from Sirajganj, Abdur Rahim from Habiganj, Bellal Hossain from Mymensingh, Asma from Jamalpur, Al Amin from Patuakhali, Nasrin from Jhenaidah, Shamsul from Rangpur and Raisuddin from Gaibandha.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune