TIMERGARA, Jan 12: The elementary and secondary education department’s officers on Jan 11 observed a pen-down strike against the government’s failure to upgrade their posts despite repeated promises.
The protesters, who belonged to the management cadre and included both men and women, boycotted duty and staged a sit-in outside the district education officer’s offices in Balambat here.
The protest supported by the All Pakistan Clerks Association inconvenienced visitors to the DEO and SDEOs offices, mostly schoolteachers.
Deputy district education officer Mohammad Riaz, assistant district officer Ali Haider and other speakers insisted that the government and education department had promised the upgradation of the management cadre posts but the promise had yet to be fulfilled.
They said management cadre officials had been serving in the same scale for the last seven years but didn’t have any service structure.
The speakers said teachers and clerks working under their supervision had got post upgradation.
They demanded the immediate one-step upgradation of their posts and warned that they would continue protesting until the demand was met.
The speakers also announced that the local management cadre officers would participate in the rally planned outside the provincial assembly in Peshawar on Jan 15.
APCA Lower Dir president Mohammad Shaier Tajak and general secretary Mohammad Salim announced support for protesters and said the government should accept their demand.
Also in the day, the All Sub-Engineers Association members continued with their protest for the third consecutive day against the non-upgradation of their posts.
The sub-engineers observed a pen-down strike and set up a protest camp here.
The speakers, including APCA leaders from Mardan, Kohat, Bannu, DI Khan and Lakki Marwat, said the government had upgraded the posts of more than 75,000 of its employees but ignored those of sub-engineers despite repeated promises.
They announced that the sub-engineers would stage a protest outside PTI chief Imran Khan’s mansion in Banigala on Jan 15.
Lower Dir nazim Mohammad Rasool Khan also visited protesters and assured them of his support.
The protesters announced they would continue strike for an indefinite period.
Published by Daily Dawn on Jan 12, 2018