ISLAMABAD: The fate of 5,000 contractual teachers inducted in Balochistan’s schools and colleges in June and July 2010, under the Aghaz-e-Haqooq Balochistan Package, hangs in balance as the provincial government is yet to issue a notification of regularisation of their services.
The latest assurance in this connection was given by Religious Affairs Minister Khurshid Shah on the floor of the National Assembly on December 11 that within 15 days, the Balochistan government would issue a notification regarding the teachers’ job regularisation. Under this statement, the development was to take place by December 27, but it did not much to the disappointment of teachers and their family members.
Under the package, 2,500 graduates were recruited while another 2,500 post-graduates inducted as assistant lecturers and school teachers but they continue to receive a lump sum pay, whereas over 100,000 teachers across Pakistan have been given permanent jobs so far during the PPP rule.
Sources in the provincial Education Department told The News that 40 percent of these posts have gone to women candidates ie 700 assistant lecturers while 4,300 others adjusted under unfamiliar tags of high school teacher, PST, EST and teacher education in all 30 districts of Balochistan. These sources agreed that the cadres issue should also have had to be resolved to end a sense of discrimination among these inductees in addition to regularisation of their services.
In response to a point of order, Shah had held out an assurance on the floor of the assembly that the provincial government would be asked to give permanent status to these teachers and issue a notification on this count within 15 days. However, Chief Secretary Babar Fateh Yaqoob Muhammad had himself a good news the other day when he was promoted to grade-22 and one wonders, if and when the uncertainty of these teaches belonging to the restive province would end.
Initially, the federal government was to give funds for these teachers for two years, however, following the request of the provincial government, this was enhanced to four years. But against their services, these teachers get maximum Rs 16,000 per month while others in these categories receive 20,000-28,000, indicating glaring discrimination in pays.
“Till this day, the Centre pays to Balochistan Rs. 880 million yearly for payment of salary to these teachers while the provincial government has forwarded a fresh summary asking for another Rs. 662 million so as to pay these teachers after their services are regularised,” a senior official at the Ministry of Finance said. He said no decision had been taken so far in this connection.