Model colleges’ daily wage teachers mark Black Day

No salary for last four months

Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—Teachers working on contract and daily wages in the Model Colleges of Islamabad marked the ‘Salam Teachers Day’ as Black Day here on Wednesday and took to roads protesting against non-payment of salaries for last four months. At present there are more than 300 teaching and non-teaching staffers in these colleges working in both morning and evening shifts waiting for their salaries and facing hard lives. These teachers staged a sit-in outside the National Press Club and later took a rally from the National Press Club to China Chowk.
Interestingly, Minister for Capital Administration Development Division (CADD) Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry who soon after taking oath of his office as Minister, had claimed to resolve the issue on priority basis did not bother to approach these teachers mostly female who kept their protest in heavy rain, in order to give them some promises or assurances. The protesting teachers were wearing black armbands and holding banners and placards calling upon the government to release their salaries.
On one hand the government is celebrating the Teachers’ Day and promising better living conditions for them while on the other they are deprived of their rightful share, said the protesting teachers while addressing their protesting colleagues. “Daily wage teachers have spent decades in their institutions facing all kinds of discriminatory acts cherishing the single hope that once they will be regularized. Even courts have given decisions in their favours yet the government is not regularizing them,” said a speaker.
Stopping salary amounts to teachers’ economic murder and this is what is happening in the PML-N government. Still there are 2,300 vacant posts of teachers in these schools. Since 2009, no further induction has been made and the government can comfortably adjust these teachers against those posts.
It may be mentioned here that in all the 18 model colleges of Islamabad there are more than 300 teachers and non-teaching staff are working on daily wages both in morning and evening shift. For the last four months (Since June 2016) these teachers have not been paid their salaries. This has made their life quite miserable.
“We’ve been reminding the CADD Minister and the FDE that we need to feed our families and have the right to a respectable life but the CADD Minister seems more interested in assisting or guiding the Mayor of Islamabad in his day-to-day affairs than paying attention to our woes,” said a daily wage teacher. The teachers on daily wages have drawn Maryam Nawaz Sharif attention to their burning issues of job regularization and salary payment and appealed to her to personally look into the matter.
At the end of the protest, the teachers announced to stage a sit-in outside the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) with effect from October 17 and daily protest in their colleges if the government doesn’t release their salaries.

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