Islamabad - Director General Federal Directorate of Education Hasanat Ahmad Qureshi said on Wednesday that the ongoing protest of daily-wage teachers was unjustified as the directorate had nothing to do with their appointment and regularisation.

“The protest in front of the FDE headquarters is not justified as the matters regarding appointment and regularisation of teachers fall under jurisdiction of the federal government,” he elaborated.           The FDE, he said, had no authority to regularise services of the contractual/daily-wage teachers or make them any payment, as it was bound to obey and implement the directives of the federal government and court decisions.

The court and the federal government had already rejected the daily-wage teachers’ plea for regular appointment, directing them to go with the government’s recruitment policy but teachers refused to do so, Hasnat revealed.

The only way under which they could be regularised is to apply through proper channel and appear in the test and interview for their regular appointment, he added. “The protesting teachers should adopt a proper channel to apply regularisation under a set procedure,” he said.

He assured that the FDE would give them relaxation by giving five extra marks in interviews.

In response to a question, he said that the protesting teachers were demanding that the FDE should not advertise new posts for teaching staff, adding that this demand could not be accepted as the directorate was in dire need of new teachers to meet the needs of educational institutions.