Employees protest against abolishing education boards

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MARDAN: Hundreds of employees of Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Mardan (BISEM) staged a protest rally against the government decision of abolishing all the education boards and merging them in Peshawar board.

The rally was started from BISEM and in front of the Mardan press the rally turned into a protest meeting. All Pakistan Clerks Association (Apca) central general secretary Aurangzeb Kashmiri, board union president Iftikhar Ahmed and other
office bearers led the rally. Mayor Mardan Himayatullah Mayar, All Pakistan Paramedical Staff Federation chairman Sharfatullah Yousafzai, Fazl-e-Qayum, Taj Mohammad and representatives of different government employees union and
political parties participated in the rally. Large numbers of male and female employees of BISEM attended the rally. The protesters were holding banners inscribed with their demands and raising slogans against the provincial
government. The protesters also raised slogans against the government decision of abolishing all the education boards and merging it in one board. The protesters said that they would never accept the government decision.
Addressing the protest rally the speakers strongly condemned the government decision of abolishing all the education boards of the province and merging it in one board. Speakers said that the establishment of one education board
would create a lot of problems for the students and employees.

They argued that if the government wanted to bring reforms in the education boards, it should take all stakeholders into confidence. Speakers said that until the council members and other stakeholders are not satisfied, the strike would continue in all the education boards. They added that the results of the intermediate exams would not be published till their demands weren’t fulfilled. Speakers said the current government had destroyed the health sector of the province in the name of reforms as the hospitals were given to contractors on private partnership in the name of MTI.

They said that now the government was abolishing all the boards of the province in the name of reforms and merging them in the Peshawar board. They added that this decision of the provincial government would create a lot of problems for the
students, employees and especially for female students. They warned that if the provincial government did not withdraw the decision they would stage sit-in in front of the provincial assembly and PTI chief Imran Khan house at Bani Gala at Islamabad and the provincial government would be responsible for it. Later on the protesters dispersed peacefully.