Islamabad-Teachers observed Black Day on the occasion of World Teacher’s Day yesterday, protesting against non-payment of salaries and delaying in issuance of joining letters.

The protestors, including teaching and non-teaching staff of schools and colleges from different sectors of the federal capital, also held a rally from National Press Club to D-Chowk to record their protest.

Around 500 employees of schools and colleges gathered before National Press Club demanding immediate resolution of their problems.

The protestors said that salaries of these employees have not been released for the last five months. They also said that Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) repeats this exercise after every six months. Around 2,000 employees have been deprived of their salaries.

Waseem Riaz, a lecturer in Islamabad Model College for Boys F-7/2 while talking to The Nation said that although teachers serving in schools and colleges were regularized, yet they not have been given joining letters.

“This is spreading uncertainty among the employees,” he said.

He said the teachers raised this issue on every platform but all their efforts remained unsuccessful.

The protestors said that Islamabad High Court (IHC) and Senate Standing Committee For Cabinet Secretariat had ordered to regularise the employees but they are not even being awarded with their salaries.

Another teacher Fahad Meraj talking to The Nation said, “This protest will not end without any result. In the next phase all employees will boycott the classes until their demands are met.”

A protesting teacher said that all federal government employees are enjoying 20% secretariat allowance in their salaries but teachers are deprived of this facility.

He said a decade ago, Rs 1000 was added as teachers allowance in the salaries and since then no change has been brought and it is being awarded with the same ratio.

President of Federal Government Teachers Association Malik Ameer Khan, when contacted, demanded that the government must award 20 percent allowance to teachers and solve the issue of promotions on emergency basis.

Highlighting other issues, he stated that teachers working on temporary basis must be regularised.

He said the teachers serving in rural areas should also be given travelling and hardship allowance.

“MPhil allowance for teachers in Punjab is Rs 5000 while federal teachers are only taking Rs 2500.

The federal government should also raise it,” he demanded.