Academic activities at Karachi University have been disrupted due to a disagreement between the administration and teachers over unpaid dues. Evening classes have not been held for nine days, and teachers have decided to extend their boycott to morning classes. The university currently has over 46,000 students enrolled. The caretaker chief minister has taken notice of the strike and has asked the teachers to resume classes while promising to address their grievances. Students have expressed concern that the strikes will negatively impact their studies, particularly for those in the morning program who are close to finishing their degrees. They worry about the additional expenses and delays in job applications that may result from extended stays at the hostel. Teachers have been complaining about the non-payment of dues since February, with a total amount of Rs80 million outstanding for the evening program. They are also being deprived of enhanced salaries. Teachers’ associations across Sindh, including the Quaid-i-Awam Teachers’ Association Sindh, have shown support for the Karachi University teachers. The Federation of All Pakistan Universities Academic Staff Association has called for a meeting to discuss the issue.
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