The government school teachers' hunger strike continued outside the Hyderabad press club for the third day on Saturday, demanding the abolition of the Sindh education department's newly introduced appointment procedures.
"The teachers have been protesting for two months, but the flagbearers of democracy have no concern for us," alleged Government Schools Teachers Association (GSTA) vice president Iqbal Jamali.
According to the new rules, announced on October 10, between 20 to 50 per cent of the top cadre posts of BPS-20, BPS-19, BPS-18 and BPS-17 will be filled through the public service commission exams.
The teachers' main apprehension of the GSTA leaders revolves around the denial of promotions. They also contend that increased bureaucratic control of academic institutions will stunt their growth. "The real culprit behind the reprehensible state of affairs in the education department is the bureaucracy," said GSTA's Muneer Halepoto. "The more you empower them, the greater the losses they will inflict."
Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2014.
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