Mardan-Scores of employees of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (BISE) Mardan on Monday staged a protest demonstration against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government’s decision of merging all the educational boards into the Peshawar board.  

The rally was started from BISE Mardan and reached the front of the Press Club, where it turned into a protest demonstration, led by All Pakistan Clerks’ Association (APCA) Central General Secretary Aurangzeb Kashmiri, board employees’ union president Iftikhar Ahmed and other office bearers.  

The District Mayor Himayatullah Mayar, All Pakistan Paramedical Staff Federation Chairman Sharfatullah Yousafzai, Fazl-e-Qayum, Taj Mohammad and representatives of different government employees unions and political parties participated in the rally. Large numbers of male and female employees of BISEM attended the rally.  

The protesters were holding banners inscribed with their demands and raising slogans against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government. The protesters also raised slogans against the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government’s decision of abolishing all the education boards and merging them into one board. The protesters said that they would never accept this decision.  

Addressing the protest rally, the speakers strongly criticized the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Government’s decision of abolishing all the education boards of the province and merging them into one board. Speakers said that the establishment of one education board would create a lot of problems for the students and employees. They argued that if the government wanted to bring reforms to the education boards, it should take all stakeholders into confidence. 

The union leaders said that until the council members and other stakeholders are not satisfied, the strike would continue on all the education boards. They added that the results of the intermediate exams would not be published till their demands weren’t fulfilled.  

The protesting leaders also said that the current government had destroyed the health sector of the province in the name of reforms as the hospitals were given to contractors in private partnership in the name of MTI.  They said that now the government was abolishing all the boards of the province in the name of reforms and merging them into the Peshawar board. They added that this decision of the provincial government would create a lot of problems for the students, employees and especially for female students.  

They warned that if the provincial government did not withdraw the decision they would stage a protest sit-in in front of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly and PTI Chief Imran Khan’s house in Bani Gala - Islamabad, and the provincial government would be responsible for it. 

Later on, the protesters dispersed peacefully.