Regularised teachers include those who cleared NTS test for contractual appointment as well as those who cleared Sindh and Iqra University tests

 

Following several violent police crackdowns and baton charge on Sindh teachers protesting for regularisation and promotions for the past several; days, the province’s chief minister has finally issued directives for the regularisation of 21,000 teachers, besides approving promotion of others.

Several hundred teachers from various teachers associations had been protesting outside the Karachi Press Club since December 25 to press the government to accept several of their demands, which included regularisation of services, release of salaries and award of promotion. On Thursday, riot contingents of police again resorted to baton charge and water cannon to disperse protesters who attempted to march towards Bilawal House. Several dozen teachers were later arrested.

However, Sindh CM Murad Ali Shah held a meeting on Thursday with representatives of teachers’ associations that included Wali Muhammad Chalgari, Sikandar Ali Jatoi and Ghulam Rasool Mahar besides others. Education Minister Jam Mehtab Dahar, Principal Secretary to CM Sohail Rajput and School Education Special Secretary Nasir Abbasi Soomro were also in attendance. During the meeting, Shah ordered the award of time scale to teachers appointed in 1992. The representatives of teachers’ associations demanded the CM also regularise the services of teachers that had cleared tests for Sindh University and Iqra University and those who had cleared NTS test for contractual appointment.

The CM then issued directives for the regularisation of Sindh and Iqra University teachers. He informed the meeting that regularisation of NTS pass teachers had already been approved by the cabinet and the Sindh government would be regularising them unconditionally.

The CM was informed by the teachers’ reps that close to 12,000 teachers were appointed in 1992 in grade B-7 and B-9, but had been denied promotions per time scale. They also said that the salaries of NTS teacher working in Karachi had been stopped. The chief minister asked the officials present to resolve both the issues within a day and sought a summary for approval. Once granted the time scale, teachers working in grade B-7 and B-9 would be upgraded to grade B-16.

The Sindh CM also directed for the immediate release of dozens of teachers arrested during a crackdown by police earlier on Thursday.

 

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