Private school teachers are now threatening to go on hunger strike to make their demands heard and responded to
The clamour for nationalization of education has gotten louder with private school teachers joining Ebtedayee madrasa teachers in their campaign. Saturday marked the fourth day of protest for private school teachers. They have issued an ultimatum, if their demands are not met by Sunday, private school teachers will go on hunger strike from Monday.
The initiative is organized by Private Education Nationalization Liaison Forum – a collective front for various teachers’ unions.
A spokesperson for the forum decried the double standards in the education sector, and said the matter – which covers discrimination in terms of salary, leaves, increments, bonuses – have been pending for over 50 years.
In addition, they lamented not being allowed to protest on the Shaheed Minar grounds. The protesters now occupy the road outside the National Press Club.
Their compatriots, the Ebtedayee madrasa teachers, are firmly abiding by their protests, even as 133 protesters have gotten severely ill as a result of the hunger strike, with seven hospitalized, one in critical condition.
This article was first published in Bangla Tribune