TAXILA: Dozens of protesting female teachers from the Heavy Mechanical Complex (HMC) education system demanded a service structure on Friday.
They were organizing a protest rally on Taxila-Hattar Road.
Teachers marched down HMC Road carrying placards and banners with different slogans and demands.
Their march ended at Taxila-Hattar Road where they staged a sit-in. Due to the protest, traffic on the interprovincial road was suspended for hours.
“We female teachers are forced to take to the roads, stage protests and halt traffic only to achieve a service structure that would ultimately provide an annual salary increase, regularize service and end the motherly attitude of the administration of the HMC education system towards teachers,” the protesting teachers said, speaking to reporters.
They demanded the rapid implementation of rules to protect salaries and services for teachers who have been in service for the past ten years.
They said that they received a fixed sum of 18,000 rupees per month and that there was no annual increase in this salary, which is discriminatory.
A Quratul Ain teacher said that they were denied annual increment, service structure, promotion and service regularization.
When contacted, the spokesperson for the Heavy Mechanical Complex (HMC) Education System said at the time of appointment that the teachers have agreed on the terms and conditions of the services which also clearly define the fixed monthly salary and that a protest on this issue is not justified.
Responding to a query, the spokesperson said that the morning assembly was abolished due to the Covid-19 situation keeping in mind the Government SoPs regarding precautionary measures.
Responding to another question, he said that there is only one designated dress code for all male and female staff at the educational institution and that the allegation of Western dress is baseless.
Posted in Dawn, February 12, 2022