Teachers' boycott of primary exam
LAHORE, May 25(Daily Times): Special Secretary
(schools) Capt (r) Zahid Saeed said on Thursday that strict
disciplinary action would be taken against the teachers who tried to disturb the
primary (Class 5) examinations starting from Friday (today).
He said all
EDOs had been asked to ensure alternative staff to conduct exams in case the
teachers' associated with various teaching associations tried to boycott the
exam, adding that he had also asked DCOs to cooperate in the conduction of the
exam. He said extra time would be given to the candidates in case the exam did
not start in time because of the "feared boycott".
Saeed said the
government was trying to resolve the teachers' problems, adding that the
government had formed a committee, headed by the finance secretary, to redress
the teachers' grievances on priority basis. He said the committee would review
the teachers associations' demands and negotiate with them. He said that almost
1.2 million candidates across the province would appear in the
The Muttahida Mahaz Asataza (MMA) has already formed
committees to ensure complete boycott of the primary exams as part of the
teachers' protests against the government over several issues, including the
government's delay in issuing the teachers in Punjab the special Teaching
Allowance and denationalisation of a large number of educational institutions in
MMA Lahore Chapter chairman Allah Dad Malik said on
Thursday that all the arrangements for the exam boycott had been completed,
adding that special mobile squads had also been constituted in all districts of
the province to ensure complete boycott of the exam. He said teachers would
reach exam centres before the papers started, adding, "I appeal to all parents
not to send their children for the exam on Friday because there would be no
exam". He said any teacher showing sincerity with the government in the
conduction of the exam "would be dealt with".
According to the Punjab
Examination Commission date sheet, the English Language exam would be held on
the first day of the examination on Friday (today). The examination of two
subjects - Science and Islamiat (Ethics for Non-Muslim students) - would be held
on the second day of exam (May 26) and the Mathematics exam would be held on May
28. The examinations of Social Science and Urdu would be held on the last day of
the exams, May 29.
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