At least 90 of the non-MPO teachers fell ill on Thursday as they continued their hunger strike for a fifth consecutive day in front of the National Press Club in Dhaka.
Mokarram Hossain, the organizing secretary of the of the Federation of Non-MPO Educational Institutions’ Teachers and Employees, said four of the teachers had been admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital (DMCH).
“The teachers want the prime minister to intervene in the issue,” he said. “We will not go home without being sure about the inclusion of MPO.”
Mokarram named the ill teachers as Taslim Uddin from Thakurgaon, Abdus Salam from Pirojpur, Hemayet Uddin from Patuakhali, and Fazlul Huq Firoz from Bhola have been admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital.
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The federation’s president, Golam Mahmudunnabi Dollar, and general secretary, Binoy Bhushon Roy, are also among those who had fallen ill but had chosen to stay in front of National Press Club with the other protesting teachers.
On behalf of the non-MPO teachers’ movement, an announcement was made on Wednesday by the Bangladesh Teachers Association that the protesting teachers would shut down all educational institutions across Bangladesh on Thursday if their demands were not met.
However, the protesting teachers said they would demand the MPO inclusion through hunger strike.
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On January 1, Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid tried to persuade the protesting teachers to end their hunger strike. The teachers rejected the minister’s call since Nahid failed to mention a timeframe within which the teachers would be brought under MPO coverage.
Non-MPO teachers have been campaigning for over 18 months for their inclusion in the MPO facilities.
They have submitted written memorandums to the prime minister and the education minister on several occasions, but no changes have been made in the 2016-17 and 2017-18 fiscal year in this regard.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune