KHANEWAL - Muttahida Mahaz Asatza-e-Pakistan (MMAP) Chairman Haji Adbul Ghaffar Kudhay Zai has expressed rage against the government for its ‘anti-teacher policies’ and warned if the government failed to fulfil their demands till May 16, they would start countrywide protests, hunger strikes and stage sit-ins in front of provincial and national assemblies.

He was addressing a press conference while representing MMAP, and different school teachers’ organisations of the country here Tuesday.

He criticised the government for its failure to fully implement the teacher’s package and demanded implementation of the in-service promotion quota under the four-tier formula. He also demanded big city allowance for teachers, promotion for primary, elementary and secondary school teachers and BPS-16 for all the graduate teachers.

Ghaffar Kudhay informed media that he reached here after travelling thousands of kilometres from Loralai Balochistan for solidarity with teachers’ community of Punjab and other provinces. He said the teachers had started their campaign from Khanewal and would go to Hasilpur and then Bahawalnagar from Wednesday (today).

On May 12, all the teachers will gather in Lahore to attend a protest meeting and rally in front of Punjab Assembly, he said, adding that if their demands were not accepted till May 16, thousands of teachers from all provinces and Azad Kashmir would gather in Islamabad on May 17 and stage sit-in and hunger strike till death in front of parliament.

MMAP Senior Voice Chairman Allah Bakhsh Qaiser, Divisional President Sahibzada Hakim Javedul Hassan also addressed on the occasion and condemned authorities of the Education Departments.

They criticised the rulers and their department officials for privatising of educational institutes, setting up boards of governors, boards of management and district school authorities.

They said the teachers would continue their protest till the fulfilment of their demands, and urged the government to implement English Medium System in schools gradually instead of instantly.