The Punjab Teachers Union has threatened to launch protests if the government goes ahead with plans to transfer teachers whose students have performed badly in exams.
“The government is punishing us for our students’ poor results in the secondary school examinations this year... that is extremely harsh on us,” Punjab Teachers Union Bahawalpur District President Jaam Muhammad Sadiq Jhallan said on Tuesday.
He said that government school teachers have several duties apart from teaching. “We cannot take classes because of these duties, but have to face the consequences if our students perform poorly,” he said, “This is only an excuse to privatise the education sector.”
Every primary school teacher has to teach up to six classes. “If the government hires five teachers for each school and ends our non-academic duties, we are ready to bear the consequences if our students perform poorly in their exams,” said Jhallan.
He said that the Teachers Union has demanded that schools that only have one or two teachers should not be punished.
Other schools where less than 25 per cent children have passed should be given a warning this year. They should be penalised from next year. Otherwise, the PTU will stage protest demonstrations after Eid, he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 31st, 2013.
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