Teachers reject English language training

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LAHORE:GOVERNMENT schoolteachers while rejecting English language skill training have demanded the government withdraw a notification in this regard.

Representatives of teacher associations held a press conference at Lahore Press Club on Friday. Punjab Government Schools Senior Staff Association (PGSSSA) president Hafiz Abdul Nasir, Punjab Teachers Union (PTU) president Raja Zafeer Ahmed Satti, Hafiz Ghulam Mohiyuddin and others were present on the occasion.

Teachers lambasted the government for handing over top public sector schools to NGOs under the ‘adopt a school’ policy.

They said the School Education Department had announced converting all primary and high schools of Lahore and other districts into English medium schools for which teachers will be imparted training in spoken English. They said regular schools timing were from 8:15 am to 1:00 pm while training will start at 1:30pm and end at 5pm.

“Training will continue from January 18 to 30,” they said adding “it was impossible for teachers to attend these training sessions “. They criticized officials of the department for poor planning, saying frequent experiments had badly affected the education sector.

Teachers said the government was handing over good institutions to NGOs for adoption. “NGOs should go to far flung areas and adopt schools lacking basic facilities,” they said. They expressed concern over adoption of government schools by the CARE Foundation.

Teachers’ representatives criticised the government for not paying salaries to newly recruited educators, saying it was the worst example of mismanagement. They also expressed concern over appointment of bureaucrats against administrative posts in examination boards.The news