Govt-teachers talks fail as CM refuses to accept some demands

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CM Pervez Khattak

PESHAWAR: Talks between government and teachers Wednesday failed as the chief minister refused to accept some demands of the protesting teachers.
The representatives of the protesting teachers held talks with chief minister Pervez Khattak at the chief minister house. The chief minister told the teachers that the government was ready to take back the decision regarding privatization of the colleges. However, he refused to accept their demand for professional allowance and up-gradation, saying that the employees of other departments would also put the same demands tomorrow.
Government colleges teachers from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) went on complete strike on Tuesday in a bid to force the government to review its proposed plans of reforms for colleges, especially over the issues of financial autonomy and running administrative activities of colleges through board of governors (BOG).
The teachers, after calling the strike, boycotted classes and wore black arm bands in protest of the government reforms, while faculty corner meetings were also held inside colleges. The strike badly affected educational activities in over 150 colleges throughout the province.

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