After the approval of service rules by Federal Public Service Commission (FPSC) and Establishment Division, the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) Monday gave approval for the upgradation of around 2,500 teachers of BPs-14 to BPs-16.
According to officials of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), all teachers of grade 14, including Trained Undergraduate Teachers, Drill Masters, and Physical Training Instructors have been upgraded to grade 16 without considering qualification requirements. The officials said that recently around 500 teachers of grade 9 were approved upgradation to grade 14 but due to some complications in their professional qualifications, only 250 were given promotions. A separate summary has been forwarded to remove conditions blocking promotions of the remaining 250 teachers of BPs-9, the officials said. Work is underway for the upgradation of teachers in grade 16 and above, they added.
President Federal Government Teachers’ Association (FGTA) Islamabad, Azhar Mehmood Awan, said that all the progress was made due to the personal interest of the new Director-General of the FDE, Chaudhry Muhammad Nazir. “He is a seasoned and professional technocrat and under his leadership all burning and long standing issues of FDE would be addressed,” he added.
The teachers had observed a strike on February 16, while around 7,000 teachers from all government schools and colleges had staged a sit-in in front of the parliament to press for the implementation of the announced upgradation package by the prime minister in November last year. But the proposed upgradation was delayed due to bureaucratic hurdles and procedural complications, the officials said.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 17th, 2011.