The hunger strike by teachers demanding enlistment into the monthly pay order (MPO) system has entered day four in Bangladesh yesterday.
More than 1,000 teachers are staging hunger strike front of the National Press Club for the last few days.
So far, at least 50 teachers have fallen sick and five have been hospitalised, said Golam Mahmudunnabi, president, Non-MPO Educational Institution Teacher-Staff Federation.
The latest to have been rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital was Binoy Bhushan Roy, secretary of the federation, who rejected the assuring words of the education minister.
On Tuesday, Education Minister Nurul Nahid assured the teachers of fulfilling their demands, but the teachers demanded a time-frame for solution.
According to the minister, the finance ministry has agreed to go for an MPO enlistment. But, the teachers say they need the word from Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina before going back home.
About 80,000 teachers currently employed in 5,242 government-recognised schools all over Bangladesh are not under a pay scheme. They do not receive any payment, some for well over decades.
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