Senate body urges protesting teachers to call-off strike, begin negotiations

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A legislative body of Upper House of parliament on Tuesday urged protesting teachers of the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) to call off its strike and come on negation table.

The Senate Standing Committee on Federal Education and Professional Training, National Heritage and Culture met in parliament house while Senator Irfan Siddiqui was in chair.

Representatives of FGEJAC upraised the Committee of the issue arisen in the wake of promulgation of the Islamabad Capital Territory Local Government Ordinance-2021 which envisages placing Institutions currently under FDE beneath the Municipal Corporation of Islamabad (MCI).

Members of the FGEJAC showed concerns regarding ambiguity in pay and promotion structures as well as revocation of their status of being Federal Government employees.

They asserted that better policies are needed to promote education in the Country; which is not possible under an Administrative Unit.

They also showed concerns regarding funding, which according to them, had always been an issue at the MCI; witnessed on numerous accounts in delayed projects.

They added that this measure was a gross violation of the Civil Services Act.
It was asserted that MCI was a dying cadre and being part of this, would kill all future prospects.

Chairman Committee, Senator Irfan Siddiqui remarked that apparently there was absolutely no urgency or emergency to promulgate an ordinance and create chaos.

He further added that hundreds of ICT students, already enduring loss of study time due to COVID restrictions, continue to suffer due to the teacher strike that has entered its 9th day.

Chairman Committee, assured FDA employees of the Committee’s full support and said that it would do all in its power to ensure that no injustice is done.

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