Peshawar: All Fata Teachers Association Warn of Approaching Judiciary

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Peshawar: All Fata Teachers Association Warn of Approaching Judiciary:
The All Fata Teachers Association on Monday warned the government that it would approach the judiciary if the decision on the closure of community schools in tribal areas was not withdrawn.
Speaking at a news conference, association president Khandan Khan said the government was going to wind up the community schools by December 31, which would badly affect about 200,000 students. He said on the one hand the government had promised to provide jobs and free education to tribal children, but on the other it was closing the community schools.
Terming it an unfair decision, he said, Fata and its people had already suffered a lot. Khandan Khan said the education system had been destroyed because of insurgency and terrorism in the tribal areas.
The community schools, he added, had been established in the most backward areas of Fata and benefited a large number of people. About 80-150 students are getting education at each community school in Mohmand Agency and rest of tribal areas, he said, adding that about 2,000 teachers and 950 Class-IV employees would lose their jobs if these schools were closed. He asked the governor and the Fata Education Department to review the decision, or else they would march to Islamabad to stage a sit-in at the Parliament House. The teachers’ body chief also appealed to the Supreme Court chief justice to take suo motu notice of the closure of community schools.

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Teachers threaten to move court against closure of schools
The All Fata Teachers Association on Monday warned the government that it would approach the judiciary if the decision on the closure of community schools in tribal areas were not withdrawn.
Speaking at a news conference, association president Khandan Khan said the government was going to wind up community schools by December 31, which would badly affect about 200,000 students. He said on the one hand the government had promised to provide jobs and free education to tribal children, but on the other it was closing the community schools. Terming it an unfair decision, he said, Fata and its people had already suffered a lot.
Khandan Khan said the education system had been destroyed because of insurgency and terrorism in the tribal areas. The community schools, he added, had been established in the most backward areas of Fata and benefited a large number of people.
About 80 to 150 students are getting education at each community school in Mohammad Agency and rest of tribal areas, he said, adding that about 2,000 teachers and 950 Class-IV employees would lose their jobs if these schools were closed. He asked the governor and Fata Education Department high-ups to review the decision, or else they would march to Islamabad to stage a sit-in at the Parliament House.
The teachers’ body chief also appealed to the Supreme Court chief justice to take suo moto notice of the closure of the community schools. Drinking water scheme completed in Bajaur village: A drinking water scheme has been completed in Kuhi village of Bajaur Agency.

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