ISLAMABAD-As non-teaching staff has been on strike for the last two weeks, the issue of cleanliness had been of paramount importance.  The teaching faculty of Islamabad Model Postgraduate College H-8 initiated a novel idea of observing cleanliness day in the college. The students also eagerly participated in the move whole-heartedly. The whole campus and classrooms were cleaned, swept and dusted.

While addressing the students on the occasion, the Principal Professor Kazim Hussain said, in Islam cleanliness is considered an objective of the faith. It is one of the most important factors of our life.

‘If you keep yourself clean it keeps you away from infections. Good hygiene is imperative in keeping ourselves healthy. It is also important to keep our surrounding clean, because this will help in get rid of cockroaches, flies and rodent. A tidy atmosphere is excellent for all of us. If this noble gesture is followed by the rest of the people at national level, it is sure that we will be able to wipe out all types of dirt and evils around us’ he added.

The college was not cleaned since March 6 due to non-availability of sweepers in college due to strike of non-teaching staff. So all teachers gathered to clean the dirty college. Principal was also having a Jharoo in his hand. Students also participated, informed a teacher.

‘This college is our home. We will start today with our home. If our college environment is dirty it badly affects the health of all the students around. If our college is clean we will obviously enjoy a healthy environment’ Imran, one of the college students said.

While talking to TheNation, Professor Tariq Mehmood, President local unit of Federal Government College Teachers Association said, “It is very essential to maintain cleanliness and tidiness in our lives. Anything, which is taught at an early age, remains firmly rooted in the mind.

 It is necessary to develop good habits at a young age, and cleanliness is very important. Any habits, good or bad, taught or even pulled out at a young age, get rooted into one’s behaviour. That’s why we have involved the college students in this move.”

Meanwhile, the strike remained continue in all schools and colleges by the non-teaching staff and Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) was also locked Wednesday. No official was allowed to enter though, the directors tried to enter the premises.

The employees blocked Rohtas Road in front of FDE and chanted slogans against the government for not fulfilling their demands.

The protesting employees on Tuesday had closed all the gates of the FDE building, preventing staff from entering it alleging that the directors have been regularising their chosen people while the genuine employees are on the roads. Their demands include promotions, regularisation of daily-wage staff and better facilities.