islamabad - Over 500 reinstated teachers, who have been working on same positions in various schools and colleges of the federal capital for years, have appealed to the education managers to regularise their services and upgrade their positions.

They appealed to Minister of Capital Administration and Development Division Dr Tariq Fazal Chaudhry and secretary CADD to take notice of the issue and help them get their due rights. 

These employees were hired before 1997 when Pakistan People’s Party was in power. Later, they were fired by the Nawaz government in 1997-98. The PPP government had reinstated them in 2009 through a presidential ordinance and paid them off their arrears.

The government had upgraded unconditionally all the teachers in 2011 but the reinstated teachers were not upgraded despite working for years on the same positions, said Raja Tassaduq Hussain, the representative of reinstated employees. The Islamabad High Court has also directed the education department to regulate and promote the teachers to the next grade but to no avail, he said.

However, the officials of Federal Directorate of Education say most of the reinstated employees do not possess the required qualification for up-gradation and some have degrees in the third divisions.

They were appointed on political basis by the previous government still they were reinstated and given arrears, said one of the officials. Many left the profession after receiving the arrears, he added.

Those who have required qualification and meet criteria should have been upgraded after five years but the lack of positions is hindering their up-gradation, officials said. The directorate has moved the case for creation of posts for the up-gradation of the deserving teachers, they added.