Wanting permanency: FATA ad hoc lecturers warn of sit-in at assembly

Dozens of lecturers from various colleges attended the protest


Our Correspondent February 17, 2016

PESHAWAR:


Ad hoc lecturers serving in Federally Administered Tribal Areas (Fata) warned they will boycott classes if their services are not regularised. The teachers from Fata have set up camp outside Peshawar Press Club where a number of them have been protesting for days now. Their concerns are similar to the teaching assistants from Fata, whose case has been taken up by Minister for Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani.


Speaking to the media, Ad Hoc Lecturers Association President Afsar Khan and Information Secretary Nasir Ali said the provincial assembly had passed a bill to regularise their services on May 12, 2014. However, 225 ad hoc lecturers, deputed in Fata, were ignored.


Others said the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa government had promised the ad hoc teachers would be regularised but it has been years and the government still has not acted on its promise. They threatened to boycott classes and hold a sit-in outside the assembly. Dozens of lecturers from various colleges attended the protest.


Published in The Express Tribune, February 18th,  2016.

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