ISLAMABAD: The education authorities have conceded to the protesting teachers longstanding demand and decided to implement the upgradation package announced by the Prime Minister last year. A notification to this effect was issued by the ministry of finance here late Saturday.
Director Model Colleges Tariq Masood of the Federal Directorate of Education described the decision a “sigh of relief” for the teachers who have been protesting in the last few months due to fear that the devolution of the education ministry will halt implementation of the package. Masood assured that all the commitments made in the package would be fulfilled soon.
The teachers are excited over the decision, which will help in improving the education system, said President of Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA), Zahida Shah.
He thanked the Prime Minister, FDE Director General Dr Shaheen Khan and Secretary Education Dr Athar Tahir for fulfilling the demands of teachers according to their aspirations.
After the package is implemented, a new service structure will be introduced in all schools and colleges. Trained undergraduate teachers of grade-14 with six years service will be promoted to grade-16. Trained graduate teachers of grade-16 with 10 years of service will be promoted to grade-17.
Likewise, teachers of grade-17 with five years of experience will be promoted to grade-18, and grade-18 teachers will be promoted to grade-19 on the basis of seven years experience. Promotion from grade-19 to 20 will require five years experience, while teachers above grade-20 will not come under the Time Scale Promotion Formula.
Allowances of heads and principals will be raised up to Rs3,000 and Rs4,000 respectively, while hardship area allowance will be increased to Rs2,000.
The package also includes merger of FG schools and colleges into model schools and colleges to remove disparities in standards of education. Besides, evening shift will be abandoned under the package so that the students could get equal facilities.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 21st, 2011.