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College Teachers Rally for Demands

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HYDERABAD: A large number lecturers and professors of colleges took out a rally here on Wednesday under the banner of Sindh Professors and Lecturers Association (SPLA) in protest against delay in award of promotions to teachers.

SPLA leaders Prof Shahjehan Panhwar and Prof Mobeenur Rehman who led the protest said that some college teachers had been waiting for promotion for the past 17 years.

They said the government was unwilling to either promote teachers or fill vacant posts in college. There were 270 colleges and 5,326 lecturers while 4,882 posts for teachers had been vacant for years, they said.

They said that lecturers and professors had been promoted in Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan but Sindh government did not appear to be ready to follow suit.

They said that every teacher was required to register for group insurance and a certain amount was deducted from their salary which their families were supposed to get after their death.

They demanded they wanted that amount on their retirement.

They criticised the government move to transfer teachers to other districts in the name of rationalisation and warned they would stage a sit-in outside the Sindh secretariat in Karachi on Feb 26 if their demands were not met and continue the protest till the acceptance of all demands.

MIRPURKHAS: A general body meeting of the SPLA subject specialist action committee held here on Wednesday demanded promotion of senior subject specialists to the post of assistant professor (BPS-18).

SPLA leaders said at the meeting that the recently issued seniority list was full of mistakes.

The department had deprived deserving teachers of their rights who were waiting for promotion for more than 18 years.

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