LAKKI MARWAT - The district chapter of All Primary Teachers Association has demanded of the government and local and higher authorities of education department to promote primary schoolteachers to the vacant posts of certified teachers in middle, high and higher secondary schools.

The demand was made at a meeting held here Monday with APTA’s District President Haji Abdul Rahim in the chair. Among others the association’s Provincial Vice President Shafiq Ahmad and District General Secretary Muhammad Ibrahim were also present on the occasion.

The participants hailed the provincial government for promoting thousands of teachers of different categories to the posts of secondary schoolteachers (SST) and said that as many posts of certified teachers fell vacant in middle, high and higher secondary schools as a result of departmental promotions.

They also appreciated Lakki Marwat DEO Nazir Khan and DDEO Muhammad Sheeraz for the adjustment of newly promoted SSTs in government schools, saying that the posting of secondary schoolteachers would help overcome the shortage of teaching staff in public schools.

On the occasion, Rahim said that the promotion of so many teachers by the provincial government was a historic step.

He also condemned BISE Bannu officials for delay on their part in verification of secondary and higher secondary school certificates of teachers who were appointed five months back.

“The newly recruited primary schoolteachers could not get their salaries so far due to the delay in verification of educational certificates by BISE Bannu authorities,” he maintained.

He made clear that the teachers’ body would have no option but to launch agitation if further delay is made on the verification process.

Meanwhile, residents of Tajazai have asked the provincial government to withdraw the orders of shifting government offices from the district headquarters complex Tajazai to Lakki city.

At a meeting held in Tajazai, they said that the orders regarding shifting of some government offices to Lakki city were against the wishes of area people.

“The establishment of the district headquarters complex at Tajazai was aimed to set up all government offices at one place in the best interest of the residents of entire district,” said an elder at the meeting.

“The residents of Tajazai provided their lands at nominal rates for erecting the huge infrastructure of DHQ complex and now they will not tolerate shifting of the offices,” said former provincial assembly candidate Muhammad Ayyub Khan.