PESHAWAR: Angry that the government has failed to promote them for seven years, district education officers in the school management cadre went on a province-wide strike on Tuesday.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government officers of the school management cadre — and those affiliated with the cadre’s association, including additional district education officers, had on March 8 announced to go on strike across the province unless their demands were fulfilled.
At 10 am on Tuesday morning, all school management official cadres across the province put their pens down and boycotted their duties until 1 pm.
School Management Cadre Association member Salim Afaqi told The Express Tribune that their strike would continue until the end of the week.
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Should their demands for one-step promotion remain unfulfilled until March 18, Afaqi warned that they would stage a sit-in outside the residence of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan in Bani Gala, Islamabad on March 19.
He shared that the education department had sent a summary for upgrading officers had been sent to K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak in January this year.
The chief minister had subsequently approved the summary, but Afaqi alleged that the K-P Finance Department was apparently delaying a notification for the upgrade.
Saleem Khan, the chairman of the association, while admitting that their strike had affected work across the province including parents, argued that they were compelled to take this step in order to secure their genuine rights.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 14th, 2018.
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