PESHAWAR: Lecturers serving on ad hoc basis in public sector institutes of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) have said they will restart protests if they are not given permanent jobs. The extension of their contracts ended on June 30.
Speaking at a news conference at the Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday, the Ad hoc Lecturers Association Provincial President Qazi Zafar Iqbal said the government had appointed more than 244 teachers, 197 men and 47 women, on contract basis in 2010 and extended their contracts twice till June 30 this year.
Despite prolonged protests, the former government failed to make our services permanent, he said, adding that this was unfair for the teachers’ community. He alleged the bill to regularise ad hoc lecturers in K-P was intentionally deferred during the last provincial assembly’s farewell session, due to lack of proper quorum.
The association’s senior vice president, Iqbal Shakeer, accused the former Awami National Party government for deliberately keeping teachers in the dark for three years when it could not take practical steps to meet their longstanding demands. He said the teachers had been appointed on merit and were highly qualified for the job. “If the government does not pay attention to our demands, we will be compelled to protest again.”
Iqbal appreciated the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government’s initiatives to tackle the education emergency in the province.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2013.