Teachers rally against privatisation
LAHORE, May 16(Dawn): The Joint Action Committee of Teachers (JACT), Punjab,
has demanded that the government should refrain from denationalising educational
institutions because this decision will affect the future of hundreds of
teachers and thousands of students.
A large number of teachers holding
banners and placards took out a protest rally from the Government Muslim High
School No 2, Civil Lines, to Kutchery Chowk and blocked traffic for about 20
The protesters raised slogans against the government for
ignoring schoolteachers in giving financial relief and perks.
the occasion, JACT leaders warned the government that the teachers would be
compelled to take direct action if it tried to denationalise education
institutions during the summer vacation.
JACT Punjab chairman Rana Arshad
said the government's decision to denationalise educational institutions would
affect 1,400 primary, 279 middle and 589 high schools and 60 colleges all over
He said the government's stubbornness on denationalisation
of educational institutions and giving no financial relief was creating unrest
Mr Arshad said the committee would again call its meeting
in Lahore next week and announce its further protest strategy against the
government steps that were creating unrest among the teachers
He criticised the Punjab and federal governments for not
releasing teaching allowance announced and approved for schoolteachers more than
10 months ago by Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz.
Federation chairman Azam Butt said the government was constantly taking steps
that were damaging the education system and keeping poor segment of society away
from seeking education even in public sector schools.
He said the
schoolteachers were united and would not allow the government to take steps that
were against the interest of teachers in particular and the education system in
Punajb Teachers Union president Jan-i-Alam Khan said the
government was denationalising schools to appease NGOs and social work
Teacher leaders Ishaq Kirmani, Aslam Ghumman, Afzal Umeed,
Zafar Iqbal Sulehria, Zafar Mahmood and Qazi Rauf also spoke on the
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