ISLAMABAD – The non-teaching staff of about 500 schools and colleges observed complete strike Thursday while academic activities were partially hit by the strike as school buses remained off the roads.

Though, the employees of both the setups did not perform their duties and decided to continue strike until their demands are fulfilled, the final exams from Class I to VIII that are underway held according to the schedule as parents themselves went to drop their children to schools.

According to information, exam papers started quite late and many students missed their papers. Those who managed to reach even late were given extra time. ‘Attendance in educational institutes remained thin because of suspension of bus service and the burden of non-teaching staff was shifted to parents and teachers’ said a teacher.  

In schools and colleges, offices remained closed as the employees continued their protest in front of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE). They also blocked Kashmir Highway over an hour causing massive traffic jam.

The employees have been demanding time-scale promotions, regularisation of daily wage employees through creation of posts, payments of rental and education allowance for the staff.

Chairman Joint Action Committee, Sadaqat Abbasi, said that so far the employees remained peaceful but if anything happens in educational institutes or on roads the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development and the directorate will be responsible. The employees will end their strike only if any political representative or the Secretary Ministry of CAD or Finance comes to negotiate with them, he added.

Tahir Mahmood, President of Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA) said the administrative wing of Ministry is incompetent and has failed to resolve the issues of non-teaching staff.

He demanded the government to notify the 20 percent special allowance to all teaching and non-teaching staff which was recently awarded to secretariat employees.