A delegation of teachers working under wedlock policy at schools and colleges of Islamabad under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) called on Minister for Interior Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed and MNA Sheikh Rashid Shafiq at their Lal Haveli residence and apprised them of their grievances regarding the FDE’s abrupt orders for their repatriation.
Led by Muhammad Javed Sawati, Najm-us-Saydain, Nusrat Qadir and others teachers’ delegation brought to the Minister’s knowledge the unfair and illegal order of the FDE that has disturbed these teachers as well as their families.
They said they had been living in the federal capita for decades and their children were studying at schools and colleges of the federal capital. The FDE they said has directed them to leave their job and report back at their parent department. This amounts to spoiling our lives and darkening our children’s education career. The FDE they said had misinterpreted the Islamabad High Court (IHC) order in which the court had directed it to consider these teachers’ case under prescribed procedure.
The FDE takes the prescribed procedure to the extent that teachers were not inducted in the capital’s schools on advertisement, while as matter of the fact advertisements are never given to take a certain teacher under wedlock policy on deputation, they said. They also said under wedlock policy no teacher can be separated from his/her family and this specific law is not restricted to five years. It is for the indefinite period, they said.
The FDE has not only issued repatriation orders to these teachers it has also stopped their salaries making the life of teachers tougher and harder.
After listening to their concerns Sheikh Rasheed and Sheikh Rashid Shafique expressed their surprise how it was possible for the teachers to return to their parent departments in their respective provinces after passage of 15 or 20 years. “There should be no discriminatory law against government employees working in any department,” said the minister and assured them he would take up the matter with Education Minister Shafqat Mahmood and other relevant authorities.