ISLAMABAD: The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has terminated the service of around 300 lecturers and junior teachers who were working on daily wages in model colleges of Islamabad for the last 10 to 15 years.
Teachers’ biometric data, which was being used for their attendance to pay salaries through the Accountant General Pakistan Revenues has been deleted.
Education Secretary Waseem Ajmal Chaudhry said teachers had been reinstated and they would be allowed to rejoin on August 15.
A final decision would be made after giving them a chance to share their point of view.
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A daily wager teacher, requesting not to be quoted, said that on August 10, they had attended the school, marked their attendance through a biometric system, and took classes as per routine.
“We were informed by the principal that the FDE and ministry have terminated our services…we were not allowed to mark our attendance which is mandatory twice a day.
“In some colleges, teachers marked their attendance at the time of leaving but in the evening they got calls from colleges that they will not be allowed to enter the colleges on Friday…,” he said.
“It was not only shocking but embarrassing…that we were not allowed to enter the school.
“We also learnt that a day before their termination a meeting, headed by Director Colleges Aftab Tariq and attended by principals, was held in which it was informed that lectures and teachers who refused to sit the exam of the Federal Public Services Commission (FPSC) or failed to clear the exam will be terminated,” the teacher added.
“One of the principals argue how schools would be run without teachers amid a shortage of teachers, but she was snubbed,” he claimed.