Teachers of ebtedayee madrasas are continuing their sit-in protest for the sixth day demanding nationalization of all ebtedayee madrasas that have been certified by the Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board.
Leaders and members of Bangladesh Swatantra Ebtedayee Madrasa Shikkhok Samiti started their protest on January 1 in front of the National Press Club.
The organization’s President Kazi Ruhil Amin Chowdhury said a 1994 circular fixed the salaries of teachers of non-government and independent ebtedayee madrasas at Tk500.
Over the years, the salaries were raised in steps but the ebtedayee madrasa teachers did not get much raise compared to the primary school teachers.
He said: “The incumbent government nationalized 26,193 private primary schools on January 9, 2013. However, the ebtedayee madrasas follow the same syllabus as that of the primary schools.
“Ebtedayee madrasa students also take part in terminal exams like the primary school students. Our teachers also participate in all government activities like the primary school teachers.
“However, at the end of the month, primary school teachers get Tk25,000 to Tk30,000. Ebtedayee madrasa teachers do not get such salaries and bonuses but we are continuing with teaching.”
Amin said headmasters of 1,519 ebtedayee madrasas get Tk2,500 and assistant teachers are paid Tk2,300. The rest of the madrasa teachers have been deprived of salaries.
“This is inhuman and a contempt of the teachers,” he said.
About the next course of the demonstration, he said they would submit memorandum to the education minister on Sunday and at the Prime Minister’s Office on Monday.
“We will resort to tougher movement if our demands are not met,” he warned.
This article was first published on Bangla Tribune