ISLAMABAD - Expressing concern over the issuance of low salary to the teachers of Divisional Public School (DPS) Sargodha, the Supreme Court has summoned Chief Secretary Punjab today (Friday) to explain why the schoolteachers were getting salary less than minimum wage of labourers in Punjab.

The court also directed the Punjab government to take over the Divisional Public School Sargodha and ensure the teachers salaries equivalent to other government schools’ teachers.

A three-member bench of the apex court, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the suo motu case, taken over the application of Divisional Public School’s teachers. A teacher in that school is getting Rs 4,500 salary per month, which is lower than the monthly wage of a labourer in Punjab.

During the hearing, Commissioner Sargodha submitted a report saying that matter about the teachers’ salaries would be resolved soon as meeting of school’s board was being held today to settle the matter. He requested the bench to give few days in this regard. But the court declined his request.

The Chief Justice said that they had asked the Punjab government to convert this Divisional Public School into Danish school but the court’s order was not implemented.

On the query of bench, Additional Advocate General Punjab Jawwad Hassan told that the Punjab government had spent Rs350 million on one Danish school as its monthly budget was Rs 1.5 million. He told that Danish school teacher was getting 25,000 salary per month.

Justice Jawwad said that Divisional Public School Sargodha possessed the land of 56 acres as teachers were also available there and if the provincial government take over this school then would be beneficial for it. Hearing of the case is adjourned till today (Friday).