LAHORE - While Education Minister Rana Mashood stressed the importance of teaching community on Teachers’ Day, the educators in Punjab marked the day with protests against the government policies.

Addressing a seminar at Islamia University Bahawalpur yesterday, the minister said that the new generation was getting education because teachers guide.

Meanwhile, a seminar was jointly organised by Ghazali Education Trust and AFAQ. Federal Law Minister  Zafarullah Khan and Red Crescent Society Chairman Dr Saeed Ilahi exclusively participated. They suggested some steps for teachers of rural areas.

After having agreed upon most of the resolutions, the speakers urged policy-makers to pay heed to teachers’ welfare.

“Providing equal opportunities and facilities to the rural teachers at par with the urban teachers can be helpful in increasing literacy rate, pathetic situation of the public schools, improvement in the standard of education, drop-out issues and certain other educational problems,” they suggested.

During the day, walks and functions were arranged across the province. Students not only paid tribute to their teachers but also to those in nearby localities, and presented bouquets to them as a token of appreciation for their dedication.

On the other hand, the teachers took out rallies against privatisation, calling it ‘the worst act’ of govt. They were hoping that the CM would announce teachers’ upgrade on this day, but nothing could be done.