Teachers' demands genuine, says NA committee
ISLAMABAD, May 31(Dawn): The National Assembly's education committee on
Wednesday supported the protesting teachers' demands and recommended that Prime
Minister Shaukat Aziz should consider them on humanitarian grounds.
Pakistan Teachers United Front (PTUF) represents more than 800,000 school
teachers and is staging protests all over the country, calling for better
The committee met here at the National Library with
Begum Tehmina Dasti in the chair to discuss the calling-attention notice on the
inclusion of Hindu religion and reign of Chandra Gupta Moria in the curriculum,
and the issue of private schools in the Islamabad Capital Territory
According to a press release issued by the National Assembly
Secretariat on Wednesday, the committee unanimously agreed that teachers'
demands were genuine and urged the government to seriously consider their
The PTUF leaders are continuously staging a hunger strike in
Islamabad and have threatened to go on indefinite hunger strike from June 1 if
no action was taken on their demands.
Teachers' main demand is time-scale
jobs and they also want regular promotions. Under the present system, teachers
hardly get any promotions.
PTUF's 12 demands, including its rejection of
the ongoing de-nationalisation of educational institutions.
included upgradation of their pay-scales, house requisitioning facility,
conveyance allowance, teaching allowance for teachers of Punjab, Sindh and the
NWFP, restoration of selection grades, move-overs, reviving the old commutation
system and cancellation of the contract system for teachers.
committee also unanimously praised the revised curriculum of history for class
VI to VIII as it intended to provide the students information about historical
changes besides enabling them to understand diversified contributions of the
Indus Valley Civilisations in the form of religion, culture and
However, the committee deferred discussion on "The Islamabad
Capital Territory Private Educational Institutions (Regulations and Promotion)
Ordinance, 2007, till its next meeting.