LAHORE (Monday, April 18, 2011):: Government schools teachers set up a protest camp on Monday outside Lahore Press Club to express anger against the government for its “anti-teacher policies”. The camp was set up by Muttahida Mahaz Asatza-e-Pakistan (MMAP), a union of different public school teachers’ organisations across the country.
The MMAP office bearers, Allah Bakhsh Qaiser, Taj Haider, Rasheed Bhatti and Tanveer Farooq, addressed on the occasion and condemned the authorities of the education departments.
They criticised the government for its failure to fully implement the teacher’s package and demanded implementation of the in-service promotion of quota under the four-tier formula. The protesters also demanded big city allowance for teachers, promotion for primary, elementary and secondary teachers and BPS-16 for all the graduate teachers. They criticised the rulers and their department officials for privatisation of educational institutes, setting up boards of governors, boards of management and district school authorities. The teachers said they would continue their protest till the fulfilment of their demands.
(Published in Dailytimes on April 19, 2011)