A large number of college teachers staged a protest outside the Punjab Assembly on Tuesday against what they claimed were Punjab government’s anti-teacher policies . The protesting teachers gathered at The Mall and blocked it for hours in response to a call for protest given by Punjab Professors and Lecturers Association (PPLA).
The PPLA has been demanding the provincial government implement the service structure, pay protection of contractual and regular college teachers, speedy promotion channels and a five-tier promotion mechanism for local teachers in line with the policy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
They also demanded the government to approve the promotions of teachers held back for over one-and-a-half years.
Holding placards, banners and resorting to sloganeering, the teachers demanded the provincial government address their genuine concerns. PPLA Lahore Chapter President Prof Tauseef Sadiq, addressed the protesting teachers. He said since the government was not giving any serious response to the sit-in, teachers would carry on with their protest until their demands were met.
A large number of female teachers also joined the sit-in to express their disapproval of the policies of the Punjab government. They said the government was completely unaware of the issues being faced by college teachers.