Beating up of teachers condemned
LAHORE, June 4(Daily Times): Senior academicians, teachers and students on Sunday condemned the
police for baton-charging teachers and urged the government to increase
teachers' salaries and solve their problems.
Talking to us,
Government College University (GCU) vice chancellor Prof Dr Khalid Aftab said
that schoolteachers would not have come on roads provided they had been given
their due rights.
He said that relief should be given to low-income
classes in the coming budget. "I am really shocked to see teachers protesting on
roads in extreme hot season," he said.
Muhammad Azeem, a Punjab
University student, said that public beating of the schoolteachers was not less
than a tragedy. He said the government should accept genuine demands of teachers
to enable them play a role in the nation building.
Ali, another Punjab
University student, said a teacher should be a role model for students, but
seeing them protesting for salaries was disturbing. He said the government
should provide better facilities to the teachers so that more and more people
adopt this noble profession.
He said it was unfortunate that
schoolteachers were not given due respect in society besides they were also
Ahmed, a student of Govt Islamia High School, Sant Nagar,
said that teachers were not allowed to beat students in schools, but they were
being beaten up "publicly". He said that financial worries of the teachers
should be removed. Munir Ahmed, a schoolteacher, said that teachers were
underpaid and they deserved to get considerable increment in the coming
Taha of Government Islamia College Civil Lines said that teachers
were demanding employment on permanent basis whereas the government was
encouraging contract appointments in almost every department. He said teachers
should realise that all of their demands could not be fulfilled, therefore, they
should justify their demands. He also urged an increase in the teachers'