Teachers demand end to political involvement in educational institutions

LARKANA   -   The members of Primary Teachers Association (PTA) continued their large protest for the third consecutive day at Jinnah Bagh on Wednesday against transfer of four headmasters and suspension of 14 other primary teachers. They shouted slogans while holding placards in their hands. 

Ashfaque Dhamrah, Irshad Tunio, Aslam Deedar, Hakim Mirani, Naseer Mugheri, Fida Chandio, Paryal Kalhoro, Talib Mughal, Azhar Dayo, Zulfiqar Abbasi and others alleged that Larkana has always remained hub of education, literature, politics, research and intelligence but present Peoples’ Party government is constantly ruining government institutions due to their political involvement in departments. 

They said Siyal House in Larkana is regularly intervening in proper functioning of government departments including the education department due to which the education system in the entire district including villages and towns has been destroyed which should be taken notice of by the relevant higher government and judicial authorities. 

They said two Taluka Education Officers remained posted on one post in Larkana since years naming Zamir Pirzado and Mumtaz Soomro, whereas District Education Officer Akhtar Hussain Korejo is making frequent transfer postings of teachers despite ban imposed by Education Secretary. 

They said on 28th December Tariq Siyal, younger brother of provincial minister Suhail Anwar Siyal, reached our protest camp and assured us of resolving all our issues within two days but they linger even today. They said four headmasters have been transferred and the monthly salary of Aijaz Ali Pathan has been withheld illegally but no notice has so far been taken of this unlawful act. 

They urged PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Sindh Chief Minister (CM) Syed Murad Ali Shah to handle Larkana’s affairs themselves instead of through their representatives, end of political involvement in all government departments specially educational institutions, reinstatement of suspended teachers and withdrawal of transfer orders of headmasters, or else, they warned, they will be out on roads for acceptance of their demands. 

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