Students suffer as teachers exam boycott continues
RAWALPINDI, May 28(Dawn): Students continued to suffer as teachers observed
their boycott of the ongoing primary-level examinations for the second day on
Saturday. Majority of the students did not turn up for science and Islamiat
papers after the bitter experience of Friday when they had to either go back or
take examinations in other centres after a long wait.
students faced a lot of hardships on the second day in the absence of regular
examiners as the district administration tried hard to arrange alternatives
through private teachers and local administration but remained
As many as 41,000 candidates were to take examinations at
205 prescribed centres in the district but less than 4,000 students could appear
in the papers on Saturday.
According to a press release issued by Punjab
Teachers Union (PTU), the strike was successfully observed throughout
The PTU said teachers not only boycotted the examinations but
also tried to bar the distribution of question papers. In doing so teachers
scuffled with the distributing inspectors.
In different areas of
Rawalpindi the teachers snatched the papers and barred examinations in various
These incidents have seriously undermined the legality of these
exams, the central president of PTU said.
In two days many teachers have
been arrested throughout the province and several were being chased. The
teachers' union vowed that their protest would continue till the fulfilment of
It may be recalled here that the teachers had long been
demanding provision of teaching allowance promised in 2006-07 provincial budget,
regularisation of contract teachers and abolition of monitoring system carried
out by retired army personnel.
The teachers in April threatened to
boycott matriculation examination but postponed that after assurances from the
government about early provision of monthly teaching allowance. They had also
warned the government of boycotting the primary examination last week.
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