Lahore – School Teachers in Punjab boycott polio drive

Category: Education

LAHORE (Monday, May 9, 20112): Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) has announced a boycott of the polio vaccination drive of the Punjab government across the province starting from today.
According to PTU central President Syed Sajjad Akbar Kazmi and other office-bearers, including Rana Liaqat, Haji Nazar Muhammad and Rai Mustafa Riaz, the government schoolteachers would not perform non-academic duties as these had been causing academic loss to the students over the years.
They said the participation of schoolteachers in additional and non-academic assignments was badly affecting results of the students, adding that in the end always the teachers were held accountable.
The PTU office-bearers also warned that if disciplinary action was taken against any schoolteacher for not performing non-academic duties like polio vaccination drive, the teachers from across the province would strongly agitate and protest it and entire responsibility would then rest with the government.
They said schoolteachers were already performing duties in connection with ongoing census survey and Universal Primary Education (UPE) survey claiming in this way around 60 percent schools were almost closed for the students owing to non availability of teachers.
The teachers said their prime job was teaching but unfortunately they had to roam in streets like salesmen.

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