PESHAWAR, 14 October: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passed a bill on Friday to regularise the services of 772 contractual teaching assistants in the province.

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Regularisation Service Teaching Assistant Lecturers Bill, 2017 was passed unanimously by the House chaired by Speaker Asad Qaiser. The teaching assistants who have been regularised now were appointed in 2014 and 2015 by the provincial government on contract basis to address the shortage of teachers at colleges.

The opposition members appreciated the government’s move to regularise the teaching assistants. The Awami National Party (ANP) parliamentary leader Sardar Hussain Babak congratulated all the teaching assistants on their regularisation. He said the demands of teachers were accepted when they protested outside Banigala residence of the PTI chief Imran Khan. He said the teachers should fully focus on the education of students now.

Adviser to the Chief Minister on Higher Education Mushtaq Ghani told the House that he was making efforts for regularisation of teaching assistants from the very beginning. He said the FATA lecturers will also be regularised soon.

According to the bill, the contractual period of the job will not be considered part of the employment and those who have been appointed earlier will be considered seniors.