Students protest ban on CTIs in Punjab

MULTAN:Scores of students from different government colleges staged a protest demonstration against the Punjab government for imposing a ban on the allocation of College Teacher Interns (CTI) in the province. The CTIs were selected through a given procedure of interview. The students gathered at Chungi number 6 in Multan and shouted slogans against the provincial government. While speaking to The Express Tribune, Shehzad, a student of BS Mass Communication said, “There is only one teacher to teach journalism in our department. The names of the teachers were notified after the selection last week but due to the imposition of ban on CTIs, the teachers did not take over their jobs.” Higher purposes of a university education Mehnaz, another student termed the ban unlawful and said that the Punjab government should reconsider its decision of imposing the ban. “Our parents have invested in our education, but we are not even provided with teachers in colleges,” she said. Irfan, another student termed the decision a failure of education system in the country. He said, “Teachers were banned on political basis. Politicians should worry about the education of youth instead of fulfilling their ulterior motives.” He added, “We cannot afford fee of private colleges and thus got admission in government colleges. But the non-availability of teachers in colleges and sudden ban on CTIs is affecting our education.” Students in Multan suffer as Punjab govt bans CTIs The students demanded that the ban on CTIs should be removed immediately and all the teachers selected after interviews and submission of their credentials should be appointed. Meanwhile, Director Colleges Syed Haider Abbas Gardaizi told The Express Tribune that the decision of banning the CTIs was taken by Punjab government and teachers cannot be appointed without the permission of the government. He said that the teachers would be deployed right after the orders of the provincial government.Published in The Express Tribune, October 19th, 2017.

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