Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Cabinet in a meeting held here on Tuesday with Chief Minister Mahmood Khan in the chair approved upgradation of the posts of Secondary School Teachers (SST) and Primary School Teachers (PST) from BPS-16 to BPS-17 and from BPS-12 to BPS-14 respectively with effect from the next financial year. The upgradation of these posts, which was a long-standing demand of the teachers community, will benefit as many as 21,800 SSTs and 51,000 PSTs the province over.
Likewise, the posts of CT, DM, AT and PET have also been upgraded from BPS-15 to BPS-16 to fulfill their demand for upgraded scales. Similarly, a four-tier formula was also approved for the teachers to pave the way for promotion of 13,888 teachers working in various scales ranging from BPS-17 to BPS-20.
The chief minister while addressing the meeting said that he was grateful to all the cabinet members as well as the bureaucracy and masses for extending him all out support during his tenure as chief minister of the province. “It was the team work and best planning that ensured speedy development of the province”, he remarked. Upgradation of the teachers, he hoped, will enable the teachers to work with further commitment and devotion contributing towards promoting quality education in the province.
He expressed the hope that PTI will emerge victorious in the next elections too by getting two third majority on the basis of its good performance and continue serving the masses selflessly.
The meeting besides the cabinet members was also attended by the Provincial Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Senior Member Board of Revenue and Administrative Secretaries of various government departments.
Minister for Elementary & Secondary Education Shahram Khan Tarakai and Special Assistant to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Information & PRs Barrister Muhammad Ali Saif while briefing media persons about the decisions of the cabinet meeting at ITLA’A Cell informed that promotion of education sector was at the top of the PTI government’s priorities and the provincial government had taken various revolutionary steps in this regard which included the recruitment of thousands of teachers purely on merit, launching of double shift in schools, making the teaching of Quran compulsory as well as allocation of record funds for the education sector in the budget.
They informed that the cabinet also approved one time cash grant of Rs. 5o million, and R.s 20 million for Peshawar Press Club and Swat Press Club respectively.