ISLAMABAD - The Supreme Court has given two more weeks to Chairman Board of Governors of Divisional Public School (DPS) (Commissioner Sargodha Division) to ensure the issuance of increased salaries along with arrears to the DSP teachers within two weeks.

The court hinted to summon Punjab Chief Minister, as it is his duty to end the exploitation as well as discrimination, which were going on with the teachers in the province.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry heard the suo motu case, taken over the application of Divisional Public School’s teachers. According to the application a teacher in that school is getting Rs 4,500 salary per month, which is lower than the monthly wage of a labourer.During the hearing, Chief Secretary Nasir Mehmood Khosa told the bench that Punjab government had increased the salary of DPS teachers 100 percent but they could not pay their arrears from 1994.

Upon this, the chief justice said that people were expecting that the institutions would be functional first time in 65 years and if the chief secretary could not implement the court’s order then they would summon the chief minister.

The CJP said that if Danish school could open then why the provincial government was not giving attention toward previously existing schools. “Why the chief minister is not considering the salary gap of one school teachers with other schools,” he added. The chief justice said that education was the fundamental right of citizens; therefore the government should give attention in this regard.

The court directed the Punjab government to provide grant in aid to the DPS.

The bench also asked the Chairman Board of Governor of DPS to implement the court’s order regarding the increase in the salary of teachers within two weeks. Copy of the court’s order will also be sent to chief minister Punjab as well.

The court directed the Commissioner Sargodha Division to submit written report about the steps, which are being taken regarding the betterment of DSP.