ISLAMABAD – Around 40 female teacher of BPS-9 working in different colleges of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) are waiting for upgradation of their scales under the teachers package announced in the year 2010.

According to the official source, all male and female teachers associated with the FDE have been promoted and are getting enhanced salaries except the 40 unlucky female teachers. Teachers working in BPS-9 have been promoted to BPS-14, while those working in BPS-14 have been given grade 16.

But 40 female teachers of BPS-9, despite meeting the criteria, could not be promoted without any reason. “All of my colleagues are enjoying upgraded salaries but I have been ignored. I’m being deprived of my right. Whenever I visit FDE, the concerned officers tell me this is not a big issue and claim the work is in progress,” said an affected teacher.

The `unlucky’ teachers have been running from pillar to post to get their due right, but people at the helm of affairs are least bothered about the matter at hand. Another female teacher, seeking anonymity, said officials of directorate say that their raised salaries could be a surprise for them in the shape of a`committee’.

“It is difficult for me to visit and pursue FDE and Ministry of CAD everyday and no one is paying any heed to this issue”, she said.

“The incumbent government which promoted us is going to complete its tenure. We don’t know what policy the next government would pursue and therefore we want our dues right now,” said a female teacher. The teachers demanded the secretary of Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CAD) and FDE DG, to pay heed towards their genuine issue and order immediate release of their salaries.

When contacted, FDE DG Shahnaz A Riaz told APP that she would personally look into the matter. “The teachers would be given their due right without any delay, if they fulfill the set criteria”, she added.