Summer Vacation & Daily Wages Teachers

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Summer Vacations

Rawalpindi (Saturday, June 11, 2011) – Summer holidays provide regular teachers of government schools and colleges with a chance to relax and spend some quality time with their family members as they get their full salaries during the vacation. On the other hand, the announcement of summer holidays drops like a bombshell on those working on daily wage basis as they do not get their salaries during the vacation and have to spend time worrying and fretting about their household budgets.
A large number of teachers are working in government schools and colleges on daily wage basis. With the start of summer vacation, they keep on searching for a source of income to meet expenses of their families.
Salman Ahmed, a government schoolteacher, told ‘The News’ that he has been working as a teacher for the last five years on the basis of daily wage, which is less than the salary of a grade 4 employee. “I am getting only Rs5,200 per month. I have to feed my four-member family with this meager amount. “The daily wage teachers are also facing a loss because of two holidays a week,” he added.
A lecturer at the Government Gordon College, Rawalpindi, on condition of anonymity, told ‘The News’ that daily wage lecturers working in his institution are getting only Rs10,000 per month and they don’t have job security. He said that they are working on daily wage basis, but sometimes get their salaries after a year. “The concerned authorities should think about us and give us stipend during summer vacation,” he added.
Another teacher said: “During summer vacation, I start tuition classes from early morning to late night to earn some money and meet my daily expenses. I request the concerned authorities to regularise all daily wage teachers or give them some stipend during summer vacation.”
Nazir Shah, a teacher, said that it is quite difficult for daily wage teachers to spend summer vacation, as during these days they don’t get even a single penny and have to search for some source of income. He said that they are working as daily wage teachers because of unemployment as they have no other option.
Nazir said: “I know many teachers working on daily wage basis who do part-time jobs and businesses. Some teachers are even running convenience stores for survival.” “The concerned authorities should give some stipend to daily wage teachers so that they could run their kitchens,” he added.
When ‘The News’ contacted Director Colleges Rana Javed, he said that internees are working as lecturers at the Government Gordon College. “We hire their services in colleges for seven months on contract basis.” He said that college principals hire them to fill the vacant posts and renew their contracts in case of non-availability of regular teachers.
EDO Schools Qazi Zahoor was not available when ‘The News’ tried to contact him to get his version on the issue.

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