Aga Khan Education Service Teachers on Boycott in Gilgit-Baltistan

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.

2 Responses to Aga Khan Education Service Teachers on Boycott in Gilgit-Baltistan

  1. Ismail Khan says:

    let me say it is very bed to see this happening with a institution who has a great name attached with it the ‘Aga Khan’. Every one knows that Aga Khan Development Network, has contribution unparall to any other even to that of government in term of socio-economic development of Gilgit-Baltistan. Everybody in Gilgit-Baltistan recognize, respect and appreciate AKDN’s contributions in the development of our motherland Gilgit-Baltistan.

    One has also have to reconize that times have changed development has now changing needs to pay attention. The time has passed when people from outside of Gilgit-Baltistan were use to come to teach local people what is good for them and what is not. People of Gilgit-Baltistan now are rendering their services at International Forums on key positions, now people of Gilgit-Baltistan are telling the world what should it do for improving human development.

    However, what has not changed seems to be the traditional mind set of Community Mind Set in Karachi normaly known in North (Khuja Mindset). Where much of administrative apratus has been shifted to Gilgit-Baltistan with limited or no real decision making power does bother the local community of Gilgit-Baltistan because as said above ‘few selected’ impose their will and power on the people of Gilgit-Baltistan. it is a fact that this situation has weakened many well known AKDN organization in Gilgit-Baltistan and AKESP is one of it.

    It is need of the hour for sincere leadership of the community to rethink, develope participatory decision making system on the basis of equity. I feel very much hurted to read the above news item of the boycott of teachers of AKESP in Gilgit-Baltistan.

    Ismaili Khan
    Islamabad

  2. Karim Alam says:

    This is indeed a matter of great concern for all. we are livingin a time of decentralization and de-regulation as well as shifting matters to grass root level so that the people of a particular area or region solve their issues as per their own needs and requirements.

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