Hundreds of teachers from schools running under the Social Action Program (SAP) started a sit-in protest over the government’ inaction to meet their demands in front of the Gilgit-Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) Saturday.
The sit-in has been started to protest against the GB government’s indifferent attitude towards the pleas of 1,464 SAP schools’ teachers to regularize their employments, organizers of the demonstration said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the SAP schools’ teachers have been protesting intermittently over the years to make the government submit to their demands. In June this year, the teachers held a 2-week-long sit-in protest in front of GBLA and Chief Minister Secretariat; however, their demands were not met despite the pledges made by former Chief Secretary GB Yunus Dhaga.
This time around, children of the teachers are accompanying their parents in the sit-in, where a majority of the participants were female teachers. The protesting teachers claimed they are teaching 55 thousand students since 2005. They blasted the government for failing to increase salary of the teachers and regularizing them even after their 20-year-long service.
The teachers also demanded that the government appoint them on the upcoming 1500 vacancies in the GB Education Department. They also expressed their resolve to only return home after their demands have been fulfilled.