Islamabad: Federal Teachers Rejects New Upgradation Plan

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Islamabad: Federal Teachers Rejects New Upgradation Plan
February 20, 2011: Teachers of the federal government schools have rejected the upgradation plan announced by the Finance Division and decided to protest the ‘fake’ plan on Monday.
The government had approved the upgradation of the teaching staff working in educational institutions under the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on Saturday to calm down the striking teachers.
Their representatives termed the new service structure ‘ambiguous’ and designed only to “accommodate recruits and favourites of the government” in the new grades.
They said they would march from the National Press Club to Parliament House on Monday to protest against “fake upgradation plan”.
Farida Yasmin, president Heads Association of Federal Government Schools (HAFGS), told Dawn that the new service structure would never bring uniformity in the federal educational institutions. “They have upgraded only the posts of BPS-9 to BPS-14 and BPS-14 to BPS-16,” she said. “But teachers working on these posts have not been upgraded. There is no upgradation for the posts of BPS-16 and above. We had demanded one step up for all teachers of the federal government schools to bring them at par with model colleges here.” Defending the new service structure, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) Director-General Shahina Khan said the plan was prepared in consultation with the teachers’ association.
She said she was not aware if the upgradation policy has been rejected, and insisted that it would be implemented soon. “If the association has objections, it should submit a written application,” she said.
The association’s representatives, on the other hand, said they have informed the FDE director-general and the education ministry about rejecting the plan. Ms Yasmin alleged that only upgrading posts means that kith and kin of the high-ups, who have been interviewed, will be appointed on them. “Teachers already serving will remain in their old positions.” She rejected the claim of FDE director-general that the teachers’ association was taken into confidence over the new service structure.
She said the directorate should have a “full-time” head. Shahina Khan is also chairperson of the Federal Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education (FBISE).
“She seldom spares time for the directorate. That is why things are going wrong,” Ms Yasmin said.
Tariq Khattak, secretary general of the teachers’ association, termed the notification “totally vague and cannot bring uniformity between federal government schools and model colleges.” He said the association had demanded “straightforward upgradation” without any condition to bring teachers of federal government schools at par with teachers of model colleges. “But the notification talks of conditions, which shows mala fide intentions.
It is not acceptable to us and we will continue our protest till our demands are met.”

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