KHANEWAL - The Punjab teachers’ unions have decided to launch protests across the district in favour of a Mian Channu school’s female teachers who have been dismissed for resisting alleged molestation attempt by a vigilance officer of Education Department.

Punjab SES Teachers Association Khanewal President Muhammad Iqbal Nadeem Phul, PTC Teachers Union President Muhammad Arif, PST Association Provincial Media Adviser Abdul Aziz Mugal, PTU (women) Mian Channu President Sakina Bashir and female teachers of Government Girls Middle School of Chak 121/15-L gathered in the school and protested against District Vigilance Committee officer Ramzan Rashid and Khanewal Executive District Officer (Education) Aizaz Ahmad.

On the occasion, the teachers alleged that the EDO had posted corrupt and characterless vigilance officers in the district. later, Government Girls Middle School 121/15-L Headmistress Nargis Bano told the media that Ramzan Rashid entered the girls’ school without permission during his visit to the school and started immoral talk with the female teachers. She added that the vigilance officer also asked the female teachers to give him their mobile numbers for chatting and also forced them to uncover their heads and remove their veils.

 She quoted him as saying, “If you are not ready to do so, I will report against you and dismiss you (defiant teachers).”

After the submission of a report compiled by the vigilance officer, EDO (Education) Aizaz Joiya and DEO Abdul Mateen suspended all the female staff including Nargis Bano, ESTs Safiya, Nasira Nasreen, Nusrat Parveen, PST Shahida Perveen and peon Nasreen Akhtar, she said.

The presidents of teachers’ unions of Khanewal, affected teachers and parents of teachers, religious and educational circles of the area demanded that the Punjab government should immediately take an action against the officer. Otherwise the teachers would expand their protest across the province. When contacted, the EDO said that he was not aware of the issue but would take action in this regard. However, the vigilance officer refused to comment on the issue.

IUB VC calls on OGDCL director general: Islamia University Bahawalpur (IUB) Vice-Chancellor Prof Muhammad Mukhtar has said that the passion of those people is highly commendable who desire to perform for the welfare and development of their native areas, despite being posted at high ranks on any corner of the world. 

He said that the same passion inspired him to render services in his alma mater for its academic development and he was thankful to Allah the Almighty for the fulfilment of his desire.

The VC exchanged these views during a meeting with Oil and Gas Development Company Limited (OGDCL) General Manager Shahzad Humayun here the other day.

Shahzad Humayun, on this occasion, said that he too belonged to Bahawalpur and his family had served devotedly in the fields of education and civil services and one of his elders, Sh Ahmed Hassan served as UET, Lahore Vice-Chancellor, while his grandfather was a high ranking police officer.

He further said that now he desired to introduce the programmes of Petroleum Geology and Earth Sciences in University College of Engineering and Technology and willing to extend any kind of co-operation for this purpose.

The VC acclaimed his passion and said this offer of co-operation and proposal to commence modern faculties in the University College would provide this exclusive opportunity to the local students to seek education in these disciplines at their doorstep as there was ample capacity to carry out search and exploration of the minerals in Cholistan desert.