PESHAWAR - Following the successful negotiations with the government on Saturday evening, over 9,000 teachers in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa agreed to participate in anti-polio campaign scheduled for Sunday (today). The teachers had earlier refused to take part in the polio vaccination campaign citing low wages and security concerns as the reason.
All-Pakistan Primary Teachers Association President Khalid Malik said their talks with the district administration were successful. He said the government had accepted their demand of grant of Shuhda (martyred) package for teachers who died during the vaccination drive.
Under the compensation package, children of the deceased employees would be provided with jobs and women teachers would not be sent to sensitive areas.
Malik said the teachers had agreed to call off their boycott, and participate in polio drive starting from January 26.
Earlier on Saturday, the teachers said the government was forcing them to go on "suicide missions" that would prove to be disastrous for education as well.