Government school managers in the province on Monday staged a sit-in outside the provincial legislature, warning of widespread protests unless their demands of upgradation were not met. Around 600 officers from the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) school management cadre, including female officers, gathered outside the K-P Assembly building holding aloft banners and placards.
They shouted slogans against the K-P Finance Department, demanding that the department approve their upgradation summary which has already received the green light from Chief Minister Pervez Khattak.
Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) provincial chief Senator Mushtaq Ahmad Khan visited the protesting officers and ensured them that they will tackle their issue with the provincial government.
K-P Minister for Zakat and Ushr Habibur Rehman, School Management Cadre Association Chairman Muhammad Saleem, Director Education Farid Khattak and other officials addressed the protesters. They asked that if the chief minister has approved the upgradation , why is the finance department delaying the matter.
The protesters demanded the immediate approval of the upgrades, warning that failure to do so would see their protest spread across the province.
The JI Ameer ensured them that JI three ministers would join them Tuesday (today) and they would also raise this issue in the upcoming cabinet meeting with the chief minister.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 20th, 2018.