PM forms committee to review teachers’ demands
* Teachers demonstrate for higher salaries
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on Friday formed a 12-member committee consisting of teachers and government officials to look into the demands of the Pakistan Teachers United Front (PTUF).
The prime minister formed the committee in response to the pleas by the delegates who called on him to apprise him of the problems faced by the teachers in the country. Before the meeting, the teachers demonstrated at Abparah Chowk and demanded the government increase their salaries and the medical allowance.
According to reports, more than 200 teachers participated in the protest and the PTUF president and other leaders addressed the gathering.
Taking to the delegates, the prime minister said that meaningful progress could not be achieved without literacy and education, adding that illiterate nations had no future in contemporary age and Pakistan needed to impart modern education to people.
He said the government held teachers in the highest esteem and would consider their demands.
He said the government would provide relief to all government employees including teacher in the forthcoming budget.
The prime minister said that the teachers had a pivotal role in society. “We have to raise the education level to international standards,” he added.
According to reports, in the proposed 12-member committee, there would be one member each from the four provinces, Azad Kashmir and Northern Areas while the remaining six represented the government.