College teachers stage hunger strike

KARACHI: a large numbers of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) members staged a token hunger strike after a protest demonstration outside Karachi Press Club on Friday and demanded the Sindh government to devise a mechanism for promotions and other facilities for college teachers in the province.

Several SPLA leaders including Central President Prof Syed Ali Murtaza, Secretary General Professor Mohammad Siddique, Senior Vice President Karim Ahmed Narejo, President SPLA Karachi region Professor Feroz Siddiqui and others addressed the protesting teachers. They said that they would not withdraw their genuine demands and protest until they are met.

Syed Ali Murtaza said that despite their continuous protest no one from the education department was paying heed towards their demands. He said that teachers in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhawa and Balochistan were getting promotions through a process but in Sindh grade-17 college teachers have been deprived of promotions for last 14 years. They demanded from the Sindh government to immediately introduce a four-tier formula for promotion to the college teachers.

Speaking on the occasion, Prof Mohammad Siddique said several colleges in the province are functioning without permanent principals. He said junior teachers are serving on the post of college principals due to political nepotism, ignoring senior and experienced teachers.

The teachers said like other provinces, Sindh should raise PhD allowance to Rs 10,000 per month, introduce ‘leave with pay’ facility for teachers who want to complete their M Phil and PHD degrees and eliminate bribery and corruption in the Sindh education department.

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