Punjab Teachers protest for raise in salaries – Threaten Boycott o f Exam:
LAHORE Saturday, May 21, 2011) : Teachers from all over Punjab on Saturday staged a demonstration in favour of their rights outside the Civil Secretariat and on the Mall Road on Saturday.
A large number of teachers gathered outside the Chief Minister’s House and the Secretariat, chanting slogans for an increase in salaries and revision of the pay scale. The Muttahida Mahaz-i-Usatza (MMU) and Teachers Joint Action Committee organised the rallies.
The presidents and vice chairmen of the organisations addressed the protesters on the occasion, and 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 fulfilled by the state. The teachers, on the occasion, said that polio campaigns and the census had wasted their precious time, which had not only caused trouble for them but had also wasted the time of the students. They had also protested against the Polio campaigns and census earlier.
The teachers claimed that teaching was a respectable profession but unfortunately the present government was abusing it.
The protesters also threatened to boycott the intermediate practical exams if their demands were not met, adding that they would continue to protest until their demands were met. The teachers also demanded that the contractual teachers should be restored and made permanent