Teaching is one of the most underrated professions in Pakistan. Unlike the rest of the world, Pakistanis do not appreciate the power and importance of knowledge. They take teachers for granted and do not understand the spiritual connection that exists between them. But this kind of atrocity has not been seen before in Pakistan. About 1800 daily wage teachers who were unpaid for nearly 9 to 11 months gathered in front of the doorstep of chief justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar to demand their wages.
Previously, the unpaid teachers had besieged Dr. Tariq Fazal’s house, demanding their unpaid wages whereas the Minister for Capital Administration and Development Division delayed them for 4 to 5 hours, finally calling the representatives of the teachers for negotiations. Despite this, there was no betterment of the situation. In their anger and helplessness, 1800 teachers of government schools boycotted their classes and gathered on the doorstep of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, demanding justice from themselves. They say that apart from paying their wages, the government doesn’t even agree to regularize them.
Dr. Tariq Fazal appeared before the court and assured the teachers that their salaries from June to December, 2017 should be released soon but still, the teachers are waiting for the money to be transferred to their accounts. Fed up with this system of injustice and corruption, the teachers have threatened to commit mass suicide in front of the Supreme Court unless their demands are met along an increase in their meager salaries.
Pakistan has had many problems and many strikes in the past but such a display by teachers, when they are left unpaid by the government and have to resort to threatening mass suicide is surely a dark age in the history of Pakistan. The injustice of the government and the “so-called” enforcers of justice, our judges, is moving Pakistan not forward, but back into an era of ignorance. If this problem persists, the profession of teaching will slowly disappear in Pakistan, leaving behind an ignorant and uneducated nation, ready to be eaten by the predators that surround us.