Non-MPO teachers continue hunger strike

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The hunger strike demonstration of non-MPO teachers of the secondary schools has entered into the fourth day.

A number of fasting teachers have fallen sick while observing the programme, demanding immediate enlistment under the government’s Monthly Pay Order scheme.

Wielding a banner of “Non-MPO Shikhya Pratishthan Shikhyak Karmachari Federation”, the teachers are staging demonstration since last nine days while they announced the hunger strike programme four days ago.

They have announced further continuation of their indefinite hunger strike yesterday, rejecting the assurance given by Education Minister Nurul Islam Nahid.

Binoy Bhushon Roy, secretary of Non-MPO Educational Institution Teacher-Staff Federation, said: “The demonstration will be continued until we get any specific assurance from the authorities. We are rejecting the assurance of the education minister as it has not specified any deadline.”

The Education Minister, Nurul Islam Nahid, yesterday went to Jatiya Press Club premise to break the fast of the agitating teachers.

He assured the teachers of meeting their demand citing a clearance from Finance Minister Abul Maal Abdul Muhith to include them in the monthly payment system.

According to the teachers, the number of non-MPO educational institutions is 5,242, where around 80,000 teachers are working without any pay, some for more than a decade.

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