MULTAN/HAFIZABAD-Schoolteachers marked the World Teachers’ Day as black day and threatened to boycott academic activities by locking up schools after Muharram if their problems were not solved and demands not accepted by the government.

The call was given by United Teachers’ Council (UTC), an alliance of six representative bodies of teachers, as a protest against what they described as government’s apathy and reluctance to resolve the problems faced by the schoolteachers.

The teachers wore black armbands and brought out protest rallies at some spots. Holding placards and banners inscribed with their demands, they shouted slogans against the government.

Addressing a joint meeting of teachers from different schools, divisional convener of UTC Mian Shafiq Kamboh, Syed Mahmood Nabi, Rana Aslam Saghar and Masood Gujjar said that the government was pushing the education sector towards a closed alley as it exhibited complete disinterest in resolving the problems being faced by the teachers.

The government seriously dismayed the teachers as it failed to announce scale upgradation even on the World Teachers Day. They added that a serious unrest prevailed among the teachers due to government’s failure in addressing their genuine demands.

They pointed out that the privatisation of educational institutions, handing them over to the autonomous bodies or Danish Authority developed an atmosphere of fear which seriously harmed the performance of teachers. They further pointed out that no Salam Teachers Day ceremony was held for long and the government did not look serious to resolve problems being faced by the teachers.

Likewise, the students protested against inordinate delay in the resurfacing and metalling of some portion of the Darbar Road and called upon the District and TMA administration to take pity on them and prompt action for the necessary repair of the road.

Belonging to Government Muslim High School, Centre of Excellence for Girls and dwellers of Darbar Road, Mohallah Bubban Bokhari, Habib Ganj, Usman Ganj, Gulshan-e-Iqbal and other localities, they said that due to indifferent attitude of the TMA and encroachments in front of some houses, about 100 yards portion of the road has developed potholes and depressions. The portion has become absolutely impassable during the rains and students and inhabitants have to wade through inches of sewage and rain water. They said that the public representatives and district administration have been requested time and again, who ordered the District Officer Road who failed to make necessary repair of some portion of the road to facilitate the passersby.

PARK ON THE CARDS: The Parks and Horticulture Authority (PHA) is going to establish a beautiful park on an 800 meter long patch between Vehari Chowk and Railway Underpass along the metro route.

Metro sources said that the anti-encroachment cell got the land vacated for the illegal occupants which was allocated for the park. Metro sources added that the park would offer a sheltered sitting place decorated with flowers to the citizens and it would add beauty to the metro route.

Meanwhile, the installation of tough tiles at sitting area being constructed beneath the metro bus rotary at Chungi No-9 has completed while the structure of fountains has also been constructed. Similarly, the fountain installed at Vehari Chowk has been made functional and green lights are installed at this mountain to give green effect in the night.