Teachers remain undeterred third day running
RAWALPINDI, May 29(Dawn): Ongoing primary-level examinations were obstructed
for the third day in the district as teachers continued their boycott of papers
on Monday and held demonstrations to press the government to except their
As many as 205 examination centres have been set up for boys and
girls in Rawalpindi and in 35 centres general science paper could not be held
due to the absence of examiners as teachers continued their protests before the
However no untoward incident like snatching of question
papers or closing down of examination centres occurred as was witnessed in the
first two days of the examination. Papers were not conducted in eight centres of
Rawalpindi whereas in Gujar Khan examinations did not take place at any
It is not only students and their parents who are worried about
the situation but the district administration is also in a fix as to how papers
can be conducted smoothly, said an official of the education department on
condition of anonymity.
He said it was the provincial government that had
framed policies and would bring forth solution to the present crisis. He
confided that no solution was in the offing in recent days and more trouble was
expected as middle-level examinations start on June 2.
On the other hand,
Pakistan Teachers United Front, in a press release issued here on Monday, said
they would go on hunger strike at Aabpara from May 29 and teachers from all the
provinces would participate in it.
It may be mentioned here that the
teachers are demanding 100 per cent raise in salaries, regularisation of
contract teachers, provision of teaching allowance, implementation of new time
scale and elimination of monitoring system by ex-armymen.
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