Teachers without salaries for past 16 months

Gul Hamaad Farooqi

Some thirty female teachers of Basic Education Community Schools (BECS) of Upper Chitral along with hundreds of male and female students held a peaceful protest and walk in favour of their genuine demands especially release of 16 months blocked salaries.

They viewed female teachers teaching in these schools since 1996 under federal government project but on June 2021, this project was handed over to the provincial government and the provincial government further handed over it to another project, Elementary Education Foundation.

They said that there are 1200 Such community Basic schools in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, in which only one female teacher perform duty and teach to her students up to 5th Class. There are about 96 such schools in both the districts of upper and lower Chitral. They said that the Elementary Education Foundation has shown many schools closed in the previous verification, despite that those schools are still open and Children also study there.

They said that EEF District program Officer want to sign an agreement with them in which it is written that we can neither raise our voice nor approach the court for our rights, it is completely unfair and our 23 years of service is also not included in it ie not counted.

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