Via The Nation: Teachers against polio duties. Excerpt:
All Female Teachers Association Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Thursday protested against assigning them forced duties of carrying out anti-polio campaign.
The protesting female teachers threatened to lock the doors of their schools if they were forces to take part in the anti-polio drive. The protestors led by Government Girls Primary Schools Teachers Association, President Nizakat Kalsoom and other office bearers were gathered here in font of the Peshawar Press Club. Amid chanting their full-throated slogans against the government, the protesting teachers were holding placards and banner inscribed with slogans against the government.
Dozens of female teachers hailing from government run schools in various union councils across Peshawar took part in the protest and blocked main Sher Shah Soori road for all kind of vehicular traffic.
Talking to the media, Association President Kalsoom said that they received threatening letters from some unknown people. She said in these letters they were warned of dire consequences if they take part in the anti-polio drive.
"It has created fear and uncertainty among female teachers," she said, adding now their other family members were also not allowing them to go for their job.
Kalsoom said that it was not duty of teachers to carry out vaccination drive, as they were bound only to teach children. She said the Health Department has a considerable staff, besides hundreds of Lady Health Workers (LHWs) and Lady Health Visitors (LHVs) whom should be assigned duties of polio eradication drive.