Punjab Teachers rally in Lahore to demand promised rights
LAHORE (April 12, 2012) : Muttahida Mahaz Asataza Punjab (MMAP) organized teachers from across Punjab on Thursday held a protest rally from Nasir Bagh to the Civil Secretariat in favour of their demands. The teachers chanted slogans against the Punjab government and bureaucracy for not fulfilling their demands, which had been promised by the government.
They demanded the government to upgrade the time scale of teachers’ promotion, regularise contractual teachers, ensure English-medium syllabus in all public schools and avoid unnecessary change in syllabus. Speaking on the occasion, office-bearers of the teachers’ union said that they would not tolerate the anti-education policies of the Punjab government.
They said that the teachers were being deprived of basic necessities, which should be ensured by the state. They said that they would set up a hunger-strike camp in front of the Punjab Assembly in May their demands were not fulfilled. They also threatened to move the camp in front of the Chief Minister’s House and then the Parliament House in Islamabad. The teachers also threatened to boycott practical exams of matriculation if their demands were not met. They said that bureaucracy was the main hurdle in the approval of their demands.