Teachers facing Security Forces in Dhaka Teachers in non-government schools in Bangladesh are to start a 'fast unto death' tomorrow The teachers intend to fast in front of the Jatiya Press Club in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. Earlier today there was a stand-off between teachers and police outside the Press Club where at least 20 teachers were injured, when police charged with batons and rubber bullets. The teachers' union is demanding the sacking of the police responsible. Last term teachers in the non-government schools went on strike and were attacked in a similar way by police. Only about half of all Bangladeshi primary schools are under government control. Teachers in non-government schools typically earn about $63 a month while their colleagues in government schools earn about $96. Teachers say they are unable to live - leave alone bring up a family - on their meagre salaries and are having to do second jobs just in order to make ends meet. This is a problem which is ignored by agencies like the World Bank when they write reports on teacher absenteeism in the Global South. Many teachers have no choice but to take on extra work because the issue of low salaries is never addressed. In Bangladesh teachers have been fighting over this issue for years. In 2011 teachers struck and staged hunger strikes in which some are said to have died.