Teachers in Bangladesh’s non-government schools are holding a strike demanding nationalisation of their jobs and a wage rise in line with the salaries of teachers in government primary schools. The teachers locked up their schools on Sunday and Monday, and are also abstaining from work from Tuesday to Thursday, when they will take registers and distribute books but will not teach lessons. 90% of the country’s 24,000 registered non-government primary schools are participating in this week’s strike, which has been coordinated by the National Non-Government (registered) Primary Teachers' Oikya Parishad, a platform of four non-government primary teachers organisations. The teachers will also submit a memorandum to all MPs, and will march to the Prime Minister’s Office on 10th April. In September 2011, the education minister said there were no plans to nationalise the jobs of the 100,000 teachers in non-government schools. In response, the teachers staged a sit-in, rally and hunger strike between 21st and 27th December. Several of their members are said to have died during the hunger strike. The teachers have also pledged to hold an indefinite strike after national budgets are announced this year, if money is not allocated for the nationalisation of their jobs. An assistant teacher in non-government schools currently receives Tk 5,300 ($63) a month while an assistant teacher in a government primary school gets Tk 8,050 ($96). The headteacher in a non-government school receives Tk 5,900 ($70) a month, while the headteacher in a government primary school receives Tk 10,000 ($119).