The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) and Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) are busy compiling the names of hundreds of teaching and non-teaching staff hired during the last three years. The effort is due to a court order.
After hearing three identical petitions filed by daily wage teachers seeking regularisation of their services by the FDE on July 15, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) hearing asked CADD to submit details of teachers inducted in the FDE in the past three years and directed its joint secretary Mohammad Rafique Tahir to present the record after Eid.
According to data available with The Express Tribune, the number of gazetted daily wagers from grade 16 and above is 1,129 while 1,132 come in the bracket of 1-15 grades. Besides, 167 gazetted contractual employees and 79 non-gazetted employees were appointed against the posts on contract from July 2010 to July 2013.
During its tenure, the former PPP government had inducted political appointees in every department including 4,000 teaching and non-teaching staff in 424 schools and colleges under the FDE. Soon afterwards, contractual employees started receiving letters from the FDE instructing them to have their medical examination conducted by the Central Medical Board, a prerequisite for joining government service. Later it turned out that only relatives of FDE officials & principals had made it to the list.
Over 2,500 teaching and non-teaching staff is seeking regularisation, some of whom had moved the IHC, which ruled in their favour. Although former premier Yousaf Raza Gilani had constituted a committee to regularise contractual employees, all of them could not get permanent status. The finance ministry did not approve the en masse regularisation. CADD was told that appointing such a large number was not possible.
Clerical Action Committee President Abdul Farooq criticised the government for issuing the order despite having no vacant posts. “We’re still anxiously waiting for an FDE notification announcing the regularisation of all contractual employees.”
After the bulk appointment of the employees by the previous government, many fake and illegal names were also included in the list of those regularised in March.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 3rd, 2013.