Aga Khan Education Service Teachers on Boycott in Gilgit-Baltistan
October 5, 2010 2 Comments
Shafi Khan (Gilgit): Half day boycott by the Teachers’ Association of Gilgit-Baltistan belonging to the Aga Khan Education Service Pakistan (AKESP) has entered into the third day.
Aga Khan Education Service Pakistan is one of the largest education providers in Gilgit-Baltistan and has thousands of teachers as employees. However, over last few years the discontent and dissatisfaction of teachers has gone very high regarding the pay compensation and working conditions for the teachers. Currently AKESP is running three major categories of schools. First one is Called Premier Institutions that Include Aga Khan Academy Karimabad and Sher Qila; and Aga Khan Higher Secondary School Gilgit and Gahkuch. The second Schools are Called D.J Schools and third are community based schools.
The currently teachers have boycotted D.J School which is the largest component of AKES schools in Gilgit-Baltistan. Although the boycott of classes has entered into the third day and students are suffering due to the loss of their precious time as well as emotional suffering, but the Association of Teacher has not yet been contacted by the responsible authorities who are sitting in Karachi.
It is to be noted that there is a sever discontent among the communities and regional boards of Gilgit-Baltistan regarding the behavior are handling of the educational and administrative as well as policy matters by the selected few in Karachi. The largest operations of AKESP are in Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral but still the head offices and major decision making authorities are being selected and based in Karachi who does have little or no knowledge and interest with the matters of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral. Over and again it was emphasized that the head office should be shifted to Islamabad but it has been always resisted by the Karachi based decisions makers and power holder as they fear it would weaken there position in decision making.
Parents and community members are very much worried about the ongoing boycott and suffering of the precious education time of Children. It is to be remembered that the same association of teachers has staged a strike in 2008 which was relayed by the National Press of Pakistan.