Reaching a truce: Ad hoc lecturers call off strike

Mushtaq Ghani vows to regularise their services

Our Correspondent February 18, 2016
Ad hoc Lecturers Association President Afsar Khan addressing a press conference at PPC. PHOTO: INP

PESHAWAR: Ad hoc lecturers and teachers of the province and tribal areas decided to call off their protest on Thursday after they received assurances from the provincial government that their services would be regularised.

Addressing a news conference at Peshawar Press Club, Ad hoc Lecturers Association President Afsar Khan and Pakhtunkhwa College Teachers Association (PACTA) President Nasrullah said Mushtaq Ghani and MPA Shah Farman visited the protest camp and vowed to look into the matter.

“They told us a summary of our regularisation has been forwarded to Chief Minister Pervez Khattak for approval within a week,” Afsar said. He added the protest had been called off after the leaders assured the matter would be addressed.  According to Afsar, over 200 lecturers, including 100 women, are performing duties on a contract-basis in various districts and tribal areas.

He said a high-level meeting of education, establishment and law department officials was held on February 16 where the regularisation of ad hoc teachers and lecturers was discussed in detail. Afsar added recommendations of the meeting were sent to the chief minister for consideration and approval.

Speaking on the occasion, Nasrullah said teachers were performing duties amid the deteriorating law and order in the province and
tribal areas.

“But the government seemed least bothered to regularise their services,” he added.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 19th, 2016.


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