Around 500 teaching and non-teaching staff of different model colleges continued their protest for the fourth consecutive day on Thursday at D-Chowk, demanding regularisation of their services and issuance of salaries.
The teaching and non-teaching staff with representatives of different associations gathered at D-Chowk and started their protest through raising slogans about their longstanding issues of regularisation and non-payment of salaries.
Ehsan Bangash, a teacher from Islamabad Model College for Boys (IMCB), F-8/4 said, the daily wage staffers, serving from the last many years in model colleges, are deprived of their due right of regularization of their services as well as salaries. He said Cabinet Committee has earlier notified regularization of their services but the authorities are reluctant to implement the decision.
Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA) Joint Secretary Professor Tahir Bhatti said the previous government has regularized a number of employees in public departments.
The teachers’ community is expecting this government to focus on the issues of the teachers who are responsible for educating the generations. He said a number of daily wage staffers are serving in these colleges for the salaries ranging from Rs 7,000 to Rs 10,000 per month while many are working without any salary.
They have not been given salaries for many months and it is difficult for them to run their domestic affairs, he said.
Huma Iqbal from F-10/2 College, Safia Bano from F-7/2 College and Najma from IMCG Kot Hathial said four of our female colleagues fainted yesterday during the protest and no one paid any heed toward our demands.
“We would continue the protest till acceptance of our demands of regularization and issuance of salaries,” they said.
Fauzia Shaheen, another daily wage teacher said, “I have been teaching at one of the model colleges for the last one year without any salary.”
She said, “It is very difficult to continue my job without any salary during the prevailing price hike situation and bear transportation expenses and wastage of time.”