LARKANA, Dec 6: In many parts of Sindh on a call of the Primary Teachers Association (PTA), government’s primary schoolteachers held demonstrations, staged rallies and observed a token hunger strike on Dec 5 in protest against the proposed test for their job confirmation.
The protesting teachers, who were inducted in the education department after qualifying tests conducted by the University of Sindh and National Testing Service (NTS), refused to take the test again for their confirmation.
In Larkana, they took out a protest rally and assembled outside Jinnahbagh in a large number. Local leaders of the PTA led the protest.
Chanting slogans, they also demonstrated outside the local press club. Addressing the protesters, the leaders said that when the government could regularised the contractual teachers of years 2001 and 2008, what kept it from confirming the teachers who had joined the service after clearing the NTS and University of Sindh’s tests.
Pointing out that 348 teachers of Karachi region were regularised within one year of their service, they alleged that the government was applying delaying tactics in regularising the teachers of 23 districts of Sindh.
In Sukkur and Jacobabad, similar protests were held.
According to reports, a large number of teachers in Jacobabad took out a protest rally which after marching on different roads of the city reached in front of the press club where the participants held a sit-in, suspending the flow of vehicular traffic on both sides of the road.
Speaking on the occasion, local PTA leaders strongly condemned the condition to retest the teachers, who had already passed the written tests conducted by the NTS and had been performing duties for the past several years.
In Sukkur, a large number of teachers took out a protest rally from Minara Road to the local press club where they held a sit-in and raised slogans against the decision. Speaking on the occasion, PTA leaders said it was an attempt to make them jobless.
In Khairpur, teachers associated with the PTA and the Government Secondary Teachers’ Association (GSTA) staged a demonstration on the Sessions Court road.
Published by Daily Dawn on Dec 6, 2017