PESHAWAR: Ad hoc lecturers in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa and the Provincially Administered Tribal Areas boycotted their duties and held a sit-in outside Peshawar Press Club on Monday.
They took to the streets against the failure to regularise their services and release of their salaries for nine months. They threatened to hold a sit-in outside Chief Minister House and PTI Chairperson Imran Khan’s house if their demands are not met.
The lecturers held banners and placards inscribed with slogans in favour of their demands.
Speaking to The Express Tribune, Ad hoc Lecturers Association Information Secretary Nasir Ali said 213 male and female lecturers were appointed in 2011 in various colleges of the province.
According to Ali, the government had regularised all ad hoc teachers who were appointed in 2010, but it has failed to regularise those who were appointed in 2011.
He added the government was using delaying tactics even though Special Assistant to Chief Minister on Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani vowed to regularise them in a month.
Ali added K-P Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser and Ghani called a joint meeting of all stakeholders on February 2. During the moot, they vowed to regularise the ad hoc teachers appointed in 2011.
He said the ad hoc lecturers have been protesting for six days but not a single government official approached them to address their grievances. “Instead, an FIR was registered against these teachers,” he added.
Ad hoc Lecturer’s Association President Afsar Khan said the lecturers, who were appointed in 2013, were still waiting for their salaries. He added they had not been paid since August 2015.
According to Afsar, the extension summary of lecturers was also not approved by the establishment department.
He said, “These ad hoc lectures run colleges in tribal areas. Instead of providing them relief, the department is planning to remove them from service.”
The association’s president threatened to continue to boycott classes till the demands were met.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 17th, 2016.
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