Teachers protest against school dept policies

LAHORE:April 13: Dozens of schoolteachers staging a demonstration here on Thursday protested against the School Education Department (SED) Punjab. United Teachers Council (UTC) had given the protest call in which dozens of schoolteachers participated and expressed their concerns over School Education Department’s policies related to contract staff, departmental inquiries, time scale and absence of service structure for Qari and Computer Lab in-charge in government schools across the province. The demonstrators carrying banners and placards gathered outside Punjab Civil Secretariat and later while chanting slogans marched towards the nearby School Education Department building. UTC leaders including its convener Tariq Mahmood, Allah Bakhsh Qaiser and others addressed the participants and demanded the provincial bureaucracy address their genuine issues. They said the schoolteachers were facing inquiries, adding the services of contract teachers were not being regularised for years. They demanded an increase in science teaching allowance, computer allowance for IT teachers and overall increase in teachers’ salaries. Later, they dispersed peacefully but warned that owing to indifferent attitude of those at the helm, schoolteachers along with students would observe a sit-in outside Punjab Civil Secretariat on April 19. ICAP moot: Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) President Riaz Rehman Chamdia said that ICAP's professionals constitute a vital part of the industry staff and it is incumbent on the institute to cater to their needs and expectations. Addressing the ICAP annual CFO conference titled "Evolving Mental Models - Sustaining Competitive Edge: Reflect, Transform, Lead’" here on Thursday, he said the CFO conference over the years had become a strong platform where professionals in business and industry meet to explore solutions. Riaz Rehman Chamdia said the institute was cognizant of the obligation it carried towards the business and finance professionals. It is committed to providing a better platform for the financial leaders of the country to explore and overcome the challenges of the 21st century, he added. He said that in contemporary business environment, the role of a chief financial officer (CFO) had advanced. A panel discussion titled "Synthesising an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem" was conducted by Dr Muhammad Amjad Saqib, founder Akhuwat Foundation. The speakers shed light on the factors and actors of the ecosystem in Pakistan, and outlined the priorities that needed to be set and the strategies that needed to be pursued to nurture the culture of entrepreneurship.The news.

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