Teacher Day In Pakistan 2018 shall be celebrate on 5th October 2018. Many years ago teachers day was the issue analyzing day. On the call of Federation of All Pakistan Universities, Academic Staff Association, International Day of Teachers was observed as Black Day and classes were boycotted by teachers at Quaid-i-Azam University on Tuesday.
Teacher Day In Pakistan 2018
The teachers were protesting against drastic cuts in the budget of higher education, gruesome murder of Dr Farooq Khan, Vice-Chancellor of proposed Islamic University, Swat, and kidnapping of Dr Ajmal Khan, Vice-Chancellor of Islamia College University, Peshawar.
Carrying placards and banners and chanting slogans, teachers of Quaid-i-Azam University gathered in large number at the Social Sciences Block, from where they made a round of the Campus including the old Administration Block. The 90-minute rally peacefully ended at the Social Sciences Block. The slogans included “Provide protection to teachers,” “Increase education budget” and “Reduce defence budget.” Hope all these things never happened in Teacher Day In Pakistan 2018.
The placards were inscribed with “Cut on education budget is a death sentence for academics,” “Release the promised funds,” Ensure security of VCs and staff,” “Dr Farooq’s murder: whose responsibility?” “Save teachers, save future of the nation” and “If teachers are killed and kidnapped like this, what is future of education?”
Addressing the gathering, Dr Gulraiz Akhtar, Secretary of QAU ASA, lamented that on Salam Teachers Day during a dictatorship, the teachers were awarded one scale upgradation whereas in a democratic era, it is being observed as a Black Day. He said that the governments only move when the teachers are forced to come on roads. He said that despite lofty claims of Higher Education Commission last night, only a letter was faxed to universities that the government sanctioned Rs 1.168 b and it will still take “couple of days” when the promised money will actually be transferred.
Dr Eatzaz Ahmad, President of ASA, asked the government to reduce unnecessary expenditure and also slash the number of ministers. He said that the Governments of Pakistan and K-Pakhtoonkhwa should employ all resources to trace the killers of Dr Farooq and recover Dr Ajmal Khan. He demanded giving high priority to education in budgetary allocation. He said that UK having a much bigger army is spending more on education than on defence.
He lamented that we depend on foreign aid to determine allocation for education and defence expenditure is met from revenue. He said we should allocate funding for education from revenue and decide the level of defence budget on the basis of foreign aid.