LAHORE - The fate of 160 Trained Graduate Teachers in federal government schools was hanging in balance as their tenure of contract would expire in August before the start of next academic session but they have not been regularised despite promises. The federal administered school system would collapse if the sizeable number of teachers would not be able to carry on their services. In view of the gravity of the issues the Public Accounts Committee of the National Assembly has also taken notice of the Governments failure to regularise the services of TGTs. Sources, however said that Administrator Lahore Division Federal Government Schools, have forwarded a summary to the federal government to regularise the services of these teachers immediately to avoid large-scale protest by them. The TGTs, majority of them female and having MA, MEd and BA, BEd qualifications were recruited through Public Service Commission on contract basis for a period of two years in the year 2007 with a promise that they will be regularised within the stipulated time but due to bureaucratic red tape, this pledge could not be fulfilled. However, after completion of two years, the administration extended their contract for another one year in 2009 instead of regularisation of their services, while all other contract employees including teachers up to grade 16 were regularised by the government under a policy. Following the example of federal government, the Punjab Government and the University of Punjab have regularised the services of contract employees up to grade 16 to save them from an uncertain future. The contract employees including lecturers and officers in grade 17 are also being regularised through the selection boards meetings which are giving preference to the experience and satisfactory performance of employees. The TGTs even appealed to Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, President and Prime Minister to intervene and save them from an uncertain future.