At least 12 teachers fell ill on Monday as non-MPO teachers continued their hunger strike for the second consecutive day in front of National Press Club in Dhaka.
The teachers are staging the hunger strike to press home their demand for enlistment for the government's Monthly Pay Order (MPO) facility.
Golam Mahmudunnabi Dollar, president of the Federation of Teachers and Employees of Non-MPO Educational Institutions, said: “Twelve of the teachers fell ill while observing the hunger strike today [Monday]. We took them to Dhaka Medical College Hospital. Some [four] of them have returned after taking the first aid while some were admitted to the hospital.”
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An ambulance carry some of the teachers who fell ill during the ongoing hunger strike by non-MPO teachers to hospital on January 1, 2018 Saddis Ovee/Bangla Tribune
Md Nannu Mia, a teacher of Khatib Abdul Zahid Secondary School in Pabna, is one of the four teachers who returned from the hospital after getting first aid. He said he was determined to continue the hunger strike.
“I have been feeling weak since the [Monday] morning. I am diabetic; my doctor has advised me not to continue this hunger strike. But I do not want stay in hospital while other teachers like me continue this demonstration, which is why I have come back. If we should die, we will embrace death together, tight here,” the teacher said.
The beleaguered teachers commenced the hunger strike from 9am outside National Press Club where they have been staging their demonstration since December 26.
The article was originally published on Bangla Tribune