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Students face difficulty in covering syllabus.

Byline: Rahul Basharat

ISLAMABAD -- Students of model educational institutions under the Federal Directorate of Education are facing difficulties in covering syllabus before annual examination due to ongoing strike of the daily wages teaching staff, said an official on Friday.

He said the annual examination is going to be held in March and the central exam of grade five would be held before the annual examination but students have still not covered the syllabus . 'These are very important months for students as besides covering the incomplete syllabus , the teaching staff is responsible for revision of the course before the exams of Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE) are held,' said official.

Nearly 1,500 teaching staff of the model institutions is on protest for last fifteen days for regularisation and release of salaries by the concerned Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD).

Dozens of teachers, including males and females, have suspended the academic activities and gathered at the press club while a large number is also not taking their classes.

The official said that deficiency of a huge number in teaching staff has started impacting the academic performance of the children as the principals are managing the classes with less number of teachers.

'Already there is shortage of nearly 4,000 teachers in the educational institutions working under the FDE and in current situation the burden has been shifted on the permanent teachers who have to take more classes than routine,' official said.

According to official, the morning shift has though up to some extent sustained the pressure of strike but situation is worst in the evening shift as daily students come but teachers are not available to take the class.

He said that the attendance of students has already shrunk and the parents are looking for tuition for their children to cover the course before exams.

The official said that the IMCB F-11/3, I-8/3, F-10/3 and G-6/3 have faced thin attendance in last week and parents have reached the principals with their concerns of covering the syllabus .

The official also said that the CADD ministry has lingered on the issue and failed to negotiate with the teachers to send back to the classrooms on this critical time where students are worried about their examinations.

'The principals of colleges are under a lot of pressure in this situation as they can neither convince the teacher nor refuse the FDE on paying extra services in the institution which is damaging the quality,' said official.

The minister CADD had formed a three-member committee comprising Deputy Mayors Zeshan Naqvi, Chaudhry Riffat and Abida Raja to address the issues of daily wages while a legal expert was asked to give presentation on the issue of daily wages employees under FDE.

The official said the legal expert advised the committee to absorb the daily wages staff following the procedure adopted by other ministries and the committee had decided to take presentation to the Minister and Secretary CADD.

'However, the issue has been again halted silently and no further development has been made to resolve it,' he added.

Meanwhile, President Daily Wages Teaching Staff Association (DWTSA) Fahd Meraj while talking to The Nation said that the strike would continue and would not be ended till the demands are met.

He said that the primary demand of the association is to regularise the staff under the policy of previous government under which the employees were regularised in other departments of federal government including hospitals.

He said the other demand of daily wages teaching staff is to release and increase the salaries from Rs15000 to minimum Rs30,000.

Fahd Meraj also said that instead of regularising the daily wagers, the ministry opted to hire new staff, which is unjust with those who served for a decade in these institutions.

'The new hiring process will be challenged in the court and the decision will be opposed on all forums,' he said.

Ministry of CADD Spokesperson Attique-ur-Rehman while talking to The Nation said that a delegation daily wages teaching staff met with Minister Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and discussed both issues of regularisation and increase in the wage.

He said the committee was constituted and tasked to work on the issue under the precedents of the government and the interpretation of court orders in correct way to reach a solution. He also added that the recommendations of the committee have not come yet.

The CADD spokesperson also said that the classes are being suffered and the minister had asked the teachers to resume the academic activities but the protestors did not agree with the condition.
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Publication:The Nation (Karachi, Pakistan)
Date:Jan 20, 2018
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