Crying foul: Teachers protest against punitive dismissal threat

Association claims teachers given show cause notice for a day's absence.

Our Correspondent December 30, 2013
Members of Primary Teachers Association are chanting slogans against the Sindh Secretary Education in Hyderabad on Monday. PHOTO: PPI

HYDERABAD: Hundreds of teachers gathered at a protest organised by Sindh Primary Teachers Association (PTA) outside the press club on Monday against the proposed action to be taken against 'absentee' teachers.

Protests were also held in Dadu, Benazirabad, Mirpurkhas, Sanghar, Umerkot and other districts. The teachers threatened to boycott their duties in the upcoming local government elections if the education department does not stop punitive actions against the teachers.

The protesting teachers demanded better job facilities and condemned the actions of the government. "The government has threatened to dismiss hundreds of teachers just because they were absent from duty during spot checks," said PTA provincial president Rafique Jarwar.

According to Jarwar, the education department has issued show cause notices under Removal of Service Ordinance (RSO) 2000, to hundreds of teachers. "How can a single day's absence be punished with removal of service without adducing a record of continuous absence?" he asked, while also claiming that a total of 364 teachers from HyderabadHyHasdad have been declared as absentee.

The teachers' representatives accused education department secretary Fazlullah Pechuho for coming down too hard on the teachers and talked about the reported rift between Pechuho and education minister Nisar Khuhro. "Since Khuhro has repeatedly hinted about his conflict with Pechuho, he should join our protest against the secretary," said PTA divisional president Muhib Ali.

The PTA also demanded implementation of a timescale formula for promotions, regularisation of contractual teachers, establishment of a residential colony in each district for teachers, a grant of deceased quota and regularisation of Sindhi language teachers in Karachi.

"We also want the government to amend the draconian RSO with a law that provides greater job security to public servants," said PTA secretary Abdul Shakoor.

Published in The Express Tribune, December 31st, 2013.


Zubair Ahmed | 7 years ago | Reply

Enough is enough. These teachers' union leaders are like mafia lords, they don't perform their duties, in fact, for them going to school makes their honor down. These teachers should be dealt with full force and iron hands. Can we ask these teachers, why their schools are not performing? even performing is way higher word. Why their schools are destroyed rather? what have these teachers done to upright the pathetic education standard in Sindh? Along with the officials of education department, the teachers are equally culprit of devastating Sindh's education. They should be convicted and sentenced, removed from service and an example should be made out of them for the generations of teachers to come.

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