SIALKOT

The Punjab Teachers' Union (PTU) has announced boycott of classrooms all government schools across Punjab till April 12, in protest against "what its leadership described" as unjustified rationalisation policy for teachers' transfers and postings, prolonged delayed in regularization of more than 40,000 contract teachers across Punjab.

While talking to the mediamen, PTU Central Information Secretary Muhammad Imtiaz Tahir said that the Punjab Teachers' Union had strongly rejected the Punjab government's rationalization policy, saying that the policy proved to be negation of the basic rights of the teaching community.

He disclosed that the Punjab government had also banned all sorts of leaves for the teachers including Umrah leave, medical leave, teachers' annual 25 casual leaves and 12 mandatory leaves, besides, increasing number of students to 60 in each class in all the government schools under the 'so-called' rationalization policy.

Imtiaz Tahir claimed that several senior teachers, who were near retirement, several sick male and female teachers had been transferred and posted miles away from their residences under the rationalization policy due to which they had been suffering from great ordeal in moving from one to another place for teaching purposes.

He pointed out that the Punjab government had issued an official notification for regularization of more than 40,000 of government teachers of different cadres, more than a year ago. But, since then, the provincial government has not yet implemented on its notification and these teachers have been waiting for their regularization.

Meanwhile, on the appeal of PTU, the teachers on Monday boycotted classes in all government schools in Sialkot district's all four Sialkot, Daska, Sambrial and Pasrur tehsils as a protest against the Punjab government's rationalization policy. Hundreds of thousands of students of all classes suffered due to the boycott.

Workers delegation meets MNA Munaza : Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Women Wing Central President and MNA Munaza Hassan has said that the PTI has been striving hard for bringing in direly needed betterment in the life of the common man.

She was talking to a PTI delegation comprising Sialkot workers was led by party women wing district President Nusrat Jamshed Malik.

Munaza Hassan claimed that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was well aware of the prolonged perturbing problems being confronted by the masses and had evolved a comprehensive strategy to eliminate all the crises besides getting the nation rid of the terrorism and militancy.

She informed that the popularity graph of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf was on constant rise with each passing day as compared to the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the other mainstream political parties.

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf has making all-out sincere efforts to protect the rights of the women in the society, she pointed out, adding that no nation could progress without giving education, basic rights and due respect to the women.