All FATA Teachers Association has threatened to boycott educational activities in schools across the tribal areas if their concerns are not addressed by March 31.
Addressing a news conference at Peshawar Press Club on Tuesday, the association’s president, Khan Malik Mehsud, demanded assistant education officers in the agency be promoted to senior posts. He added the amount of Rs0.4 million, meant to be disbursed among teachers in Wana but reportedly stolen, should be released immediately.
Mehsud said posts should be filled by male employees to monitor the condition of schools in FATA.
Mehsud said they held a meeting with FATA Additional Chief Secretary Azam Khan who promised their grievances would be addressed.
However, he maintained members of the association would hold a meeting and finalise a future strategy which may lead to the closure of educational institutes if their issues remain unsolved by the said date.
Talking about the grievances faced by teachers in FATa, Mehsud said the K-P government promoted teachers in 2012 but these in FATA have yet to be promoted.
He further said even though teachers administer polio drops, carry out census and attend to duties during elections, they are still deprived of their basic rights.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 11th, 2015.