Peshawar (October 10, 2017): Teachers of public-sector colleges observed complete strike leading to suspension of educational activities in state-run colleges across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and FATA.
The teacher boycotted classes demanding the government to give them professional allowance, besides up-gradation.
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On the other hand, students of Government College Mardan held demonstration against privatization of the college outside the house of provincial education minister Atif Khan in Mardan.In a meeting of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Professors and Lecturers Association, which had members from all twenty-five districts of KP, it was announced that the classes across the province will remain suspended until the government concedes to their demands.
As per the announcement, today the teachers boycotted classes, suspending all educational activities. The association is objecting to the new board of governors system being devised by the government for administering public colleges.
According to the association, teachers are urging the government to resolve their issues pertaining to the professional allowance which is provided to school teachers but not to college teachers in addition to their up-gradation.Although, the provincial government had vowed to resolve the issues of up-gradation and allowance in the 2017 budget, however no concrete steps were taken to address the grievances. This led to discontentment among the teachers who later held protests.
The association is urging the government to provide a written assurance that their demands will be met; until then, the teachers have suspended all classes.
The association has warned that in case of non-acceptance of their demands they would stage sit-in at Bani Gala, the residence of Imran Khan whose party is ruling the province.