SPLA threatens to launch protest drive
KARACHI, July 4(Dawn): The Sindh Professors' and Lecturers' Association (SPLA)
has warned that it will launch a protest drive if the education department fails
to resolve the issues being faced by college teachers till July 9.
SPLA's coordination committee will meet on July 10 to finalise the plans for the
protest campaign that will include demonstrations, hunger strike and besiegement
of the CM House and the provincial assembly building.
SPLA president Prof
Riaz Ahsan, vice-president Manzoor Hussain Chishti and Secretary-General Prof
Liaquat Aziz disclosed these details at a press conference on Tuesday at the
Karachi Press Club.
'Posts lying vacant'
They said that
salaries to 863 ad-hoc lecturers had not been paid for the last five months and
no action had been taken so far, on three summaries regarding extension to their
employment period sent to the Sindh chief minister on March 16, 20 and May
The SPLA office-bearers said that over 1,500 posts of lecturers were
lying vacant in colleges across the province and college administrations were
hiring cooperative teachers at Rs3,000 to Rs4,000 a month.
They said that
instead of appreciating services of these teachers in such circumstances, they
were being sacked which was condemnable. They recalled that the notification for
upgrading of university teachers issued on the directives of the prime minister
was being ignored by the federal and provincial governments.
that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz and Federal Minister Salim Saifullah had
assured the SPLA delegation for early issuance of grade upgrading notification,
but over 30,000 teachers were deprived of their due rights in the present
They demanded regularisation of all ad-hoc
lecturers of the province and policies to induct cooperative teachers working in
the colleges in the department at no less than Rs10,000 a month.
the directives of the prime minister, college teachers' pay scales should be
brought on a par with university teachers. Strict measures should be taken to
end political and external influence in the provincial universities and
educational boards," they said.
They urged the authorities to remove
retired persons from important positions and to conduct SSC exams in March and
HSC in April so as to protect students from bad weather conditions.
SPLA leaders warned that if the government did not pay due attention to the
genuine issues of the teachers, it would be responsible for the
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