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100 Madrasa teachers fall sick in 4 days

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Ebtedayee Madrasa teachers lying on the street and footpath as they were continuing hunger strike unto death on the 4th consecutive day on Friday in front of Jatiya Press Club demanding nationalization of all madrassas under the Madrassa Board.

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At least 100 agitating teachers of Ebtedayee madrasas, who have been observing hunger strike unto death in front of the Jatiya Press Club, fell sick in four days.
Of them, seven have been admitted to Dhaka Medical College Hospital for treatment. Nine teachers fell sick seriously on the fourth day of their ongoing indefinite hunger strike.
Under the banner of Bangladesh Independent Ebtedayee Madrasa Teachers' Association, the teachers started indefinite their hunger strike after nine days sit-in programme on the same venue on Tuesday.
Their demand is to nationalise all the registered Ebtedayee Madrasas under Bangladesh Madrasa Education Board.
President of Bangladesh Independent Ebtedayee Madrasa Teachers' Association Kazi Ruhul Amin Chowdhury told The New Nation that the demonstrating teachers are becoming ill day by day. "But we will continue our strike until the demand is met," he said.
He said different socio-political leaders have expressed their solidarity with our demand. But the government is yet to take positive initiative.
"The government increased the salaries and allowances of the primary school teachers, but we are deprived of it. 'The government should ensure our pay parity with the primary school teachers," he said.  
Earlier on Monday, the Ebtedayee teachers submitted separate memoranda to the Education Ministry and Finance Ministry in this regard, including nationalisation of madrasas, said Kazi Mokhlesur Rahman, Secretary General of the association.
The teachers had been on a sit-in programme as part of their ultimatum since January 1.
The assistant teachers of state-run primary schools earlier on December 22 went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding upgradation of their salary scale.
Four days later, on December 25, they ended the strike upon assurance from Primary and Mass Education Minister Mostafizur Rahman that their demand will be met.

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