FDE teachers massive protest
Teachers vow to continue strike till acceptance of demands
Islamabad, Feb 22: Hundreds of teachers, working under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), staged a
protest rally here on Monday to press the concerned authorities to issue a
notification regarding their unconditional upgradation and uniformity in the
The rally started at Sector F-6 and culminated at the
Parade Avenue where the participants raised slogans for acceptance of their
demands. The teachers were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans
regarding ending discrimination and disparity in education system.
protesting teachers on the occasion pledged to continue their strike till the
issuance of a notification regarding Uniformity of Education System in ICT, so
that it could be implemented in letter and spirit as announced by Prime Minister
Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani. The notification relates to upgradation of teachers,
residential ceiling with pay to all employees under FDE Islamabad and immediate
issuance of supplementary grant for hiring, immediate provision of transport
facility to remote areas/federal area, immediate regularisation of all sacked
teachers, contractual teachers, teachers on deputation, computer teachers and
English teachers, hardship allowance to all FDE employees working at hard
Addressing on the occasion Federal Government Teachers'
Association (FGTA) President Azhar Mahmood Khan Awan said that teachers would
only resume their duties if their demands were met immediately. "We don't want
any 'lollipop' this time. The government should take this issue seriously and
issue notification regarding our upgradation so that we could resume our duties
without wasting precious time of students," he said.
He said that the
7,000 teachers of FDE through this peaceful rally wanted to make it clear that
they would continue their struggle till the issuance of the notification. "If
government would not listen to our demands then we would change our strategy,"
FGTA former general secretary Sher Ali Rind on the occasion
said that the notification issued on Friday was nothing more than eyewash. "It
was a conditional upgradation in which qualification was set as a condition. How
come a teacher who is serving for 20 years can improve his or her qualification
when he is on verge of retirement," he said.
He said that more than 0.25
million students were being affected by this strike. What else could be more
discriminatory that 400 federal government education institutions were receiving
40 million as their annual budget in contrast with 20 model schools and colleges
that were receiving equal amount?
The teachers working in Federal
Government Polytechnic Institute for Woman also participated in the rally. They
claimed that they had been working in the institution for more than 20 years but
didn't get any upgradation.
"I have been working in grade-17 since I
joined this institute 27 years ago," said a teacher Mrs Tanveer. She said that
they have been visiting the Ministry of Education but all their efforts have
proved futile. "Some of the officials of the ministry even secretary don't even
like to meet us," she added.
Agha Ali, a grade-17 computer lecturer, told
this scribe that they have not received their salaries for last eight months.
"We were contract employees but PM has ordered our regularisation. Ever since
our regularisation has been announced, we have not been paid our salaries," he
He said that there were 200 plus computer teachers who were
suffering at the moment. "Those who are among victims include laboratory
attendants, lecturers, lab administrators and teachers," he informed.
teacher, Ms Saira, on the occasion termed the unification process unfair. She
informed that the directorate has decided to vacate 10 federal government
schools in order to accommodate evening shifts of model schools. "Is it sane to
put the future of hundreds of students and teachers at stake? Why don't they
build new infrastructure to accommodate the evening shift," she
Another teacher, Fareeda Yasmeen, said that unification of
education system should mean equal distribution of resources, uniform admission
policy and uniform fee structure. "Model education institution are getting more
budget than federal government education institutions but they are still
receiving Rs200 fee per month in contrast with federal government education
institution that are getting Rs30 as fee," she said. The teachers vowed to
continue their strike until their demands are fulfilled. The news
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Parents, students nervous
Islamabad: The strike by almost 7,000 teachers of the federal government schools is threatening to disrupt the
annual examinations' schedule, making parents and students edgy.
The annual exams for the one to fourth and sixth to eighth classes are
scheduled to be held next month. Similarly, the matriculation exams will be held
in April. But with the strike continuing, the students of federal government
schools are not attending classes â€" just days before the annual exams.
Scheduled to start on February 19, the board's primary exams had already been
delayed because of the strike.
"February and March are months of exams but my two kids are sitting at home,"
Fareeha Ahmed said on Monday. She said her neighbour's daughter is
appearing in the fifth grade exams as she is studying in an Islamabad model
school. "I am very disturbed and worried."
The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has been running a three-tier
education system with different service structures. The teachers of federal
government schools demanding a uniform service structure went on strike early
this month. Though the government announced an upgradation plan for the teaching
staff of FG schools, they turned it down on February 20.
"I was asked by teachers to stay away from school and spend time with
friends," said Ahad Ali, 15, a student of 7th grade in FG (Model) School for
Boys in G-8/4, also known as T&T School. "I told my mother and she asked me
to take private classes to prepare for the exams in March," Ali said.
The situation was no different at federal government schools for girls.
"The banner outside my daughter's school says there will be no classes and we
are not responsible for students. So I asked her to stay at home," Farhan Ahmed
said . "February is crucial for preparing for final exams. This is the
month when teachers make students work hard." He said his daughter and hundreds
of other students were sitting idle at home. "This uncertainty adversely affects
students' progress." Dawn
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Teachers-government talks hit a snag, says FGTA president
Islamabad: FGTA president Azhar Mehmood Awan said that
their negotiations with Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) officials hit a
snag. He said FDE chief had been trying to find out an all-acceptable solution
to issues related to teachers' upgradation package. "We had a meeting with FDE
DG Shaheen Khan and Additional Secretary Education Shaigan Malik but no
breakthrough occurred," he said, adding that they would hold another round of
talks today (Tuesday).
Awan said the Ministry of Education (MoE) and FDE
were trying to buy some time and their behaviour showed that high officials were
least concerned about problems of teachers waiting for promotions since long.
"They first promised us that teachers would be upgraded on July 27, 2010. Then
we came to know that the prime minister would announce teachers' package on
October 10, 2010, but it was also postponed at the eleventh hour. Finally, the
package was announced on November 8, 2010, but so far it has not been
implemented," he said. A member of FGTA said the Finance Division was not ready
to accept six-point agenda of the teachers. He said Finance Division had some
reservations over promotion of those teachers, who according to it lack required
experience and qualifications. But the teachers' body have stuck to their stance
that there should be no discrimination in promotion process because all the
teachers have been waiting for their promotions for decades. Daily times
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38% of govt high schools for boys have no libraries
Islamabad: As many as 38% government boys' high schools do not have a library, 40% lack playgrounds
and 42% do not have security guards, said a report compiled by FAFEN's
monitoring of state-run boys high schools across the country during January
The report said the government needs to resolve infrastructure
issues and ensure the availability of key facilities in order to improve
standards of secondary education in the country. FAFEN governance monitors
visited 50 government boys high schools in 41 districts of the country. Twenty
two schools were visited in 19 districts of Punjab, 14 in 11 districts of KP, 12
in nine districts of Sindh and one each in a district of ICT and
It said 38% of the monitored schools did not have a library
including 58% of those monitored in Sindh, 36% in Punjab, 21% in KP and the one
school monitored in Balochistan. For high school students the availability of a
library is a must as it not only stimulates independent reading and aids in
research but also exposes the students to material other than
The report stated little attention is paid to sports and
physical activities at boys high schools as 40% were observed to be without
playgrounds - 58% in Sindh, 43% in KP, 27% in Punjab and the one school
monitored in ICT. Twenty six percent of the country's monitored schools also
lacked a serving Physical Training Instructor (PTI).
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Lives of 200 students at stake
Rawalpindi: The three-storey building of the Government Shimla Islamia Boys High School at Namak
Mandi is gradually crumbling. The roofs of 15 classrooms out of 20 had collapsed
in ten years. The school, located in the heart of the city, has more than 200
students, whose lives are in danger due dilapidated condition of the building.
Principal Muhammad Ishfaq said that the school
building could collapse anytime. He said that previously more than 1,000
students were enrolled in the school, but now there were only 200 students. The
majority of parents have stopped sending their children to this school and got
enrolled them in other academic institutions as they fear that its building
would collapse anytime, he added.
He said that the school had
three-storey building having 20 classrooms and a large hall. But now only five
classrooms have left, as roofs of 15 rooms had collapsed, he said. He said that
the remaining five classrooms were also in a dilapidated condition.
When contacted Executive District Officer (EDO) (Education) Qazi
Zahoor-ul-Hassan, he admitted that the school building was in a dilapidated
condition. He said: "We will start repair work of the school building soon on
priority". He added that they had written to the higher authorities about the
dilapidated condition of the school on which the Punjab government had ordered
its repair on priority basis.
A senior official of the school, on
condition of anonymity, said that they had informed the concerned
authorities time and again about the poor condition of the school building, but
no action has been taken so far.
He said that five students of class 7
had sustained serious injuries when the roof of their classroom collapsed in
2009. On the other hand, parents have appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Mian
Shahbaz Sharif to take action, as the lives of their children were at
Muhammad Idrees, the father of a student, said that he has decided
to shift his son to another school as he feared that the remaining building
could collapse anytime. "There are roofless toilets and science laboratory and
the condition of remaining five classrooms is dilapidated," he
Sajid Mehmood, a student of class 9, said that the remaining five
classrooms could collapse anytime because there were cracks in their walls. The
classrooms get filled with water whenever it rains, he said. "I don't want to
study in this school but my father cannot afford sending me to another academic
institution," he said.
According to information collected, the Government Shimla Islamia Boys High School was established in 1957. In 2002,
there were 1,019 students in the school. However now there are only 200 students
because the majority of them have left the school due to dilapidated condition
of its building. The news
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