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Punjab teachers to boycott schools today

LAHORE, June 1(Daily Times): The Muttahida Mahaz Asataza (MMA) announced on Thursday that it would boycott educational institutions in the province and hold a protest sit-in in front of the Governor's House on Friday (today).

The MMA said in a press statement issued on Thursday that the educational boycott and sit-in were part of the schoolteachers' protest against the non-issuance of the special Teaching Allowance, which schoolteachers in other provinces were already receiving, the proposed denationalisation of many government schools and change in the academic session.

Earlier, the protesting teachers had announced that they would boycott the primary (class 5) exams in Punjab. The exam started on May 25 and the teachers succeeded in disrupting the exams in several districts due to which the government had to postpone the primary and forthcoming middle standard (class 8) exams, scheduled to commence from June 2, because of the teachers' protest and reports regarding leakage of question papers during the primary exams.

Special Secretary (Schools) Capt (r) Zahid Saeed said that a meeting between representatives of various teachers' associations and the committee formed by the government to address their problems was scheduled for Friday (today).

He said further that a decision regarding the conduct of primary and middle standard exams was yet to be taken. He said that the government was also considering a proposal to promote all the students of class 5 and class 8 to the next classes. However, he said, no decision had been taken in this regard so far.
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