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 underpaid.

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 budget.

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' salaries.

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