ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - The government's decision to place all educational institutions under the Municipal Corporation of Islamabad (MCI) through the promulgation of the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Ordinance-2021 will have a significant impact on the PTI government's vote bank, as thousands of employees of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and over 400 schools and colleges, as well as students, will go on an indefinite strike starting November 30.
"As a result of the ordinance's promulgation, all FDE offices, colleges, and schools would be closed beginning Tuesday," the Federal Government Education Joint Action Committee (FGEJAC) decided in a meeting chaired by Fazal e Maula.
According to a statement released after the meeting, the Joint Action Committee also invited teaching and non-teaching staff from FDE and 423 schools and colleges to participate in a protest march from the National Press Club to Parliament House on December 2 to hold a sit-in to support their demand for the ordinance's withdrawal.
Employees of the FDE began their protest on Monday by raising banners at the main entrances of several federal government educational institutes.
"We reject the ordinance passed last week and have decided to launch a campaign against it. From today, educational institutions and FDE offices will be closed." The action committee issued a statement.
Tens of thousands of students and their parents have also chosen to support the Joint Action Committee's decision.
The authorities say, "there is just one change. We are shifting charge of FDE from Ministry of Education to the Islamabad Mayor." However, they could not tell as to why such a decision was taken.