ISLAMABAD After the involvement of the Supreme Court and strike threats by the employees of Federal Directorate of Education the Finances Ministry has at last approved the release of paltry amount for its employees hiring facility. Although the Finance Ministry has agreed to release Rs150 million to the directorate yet the amount is insufficient to provide the facility to the employees who are in thousands, officials informed TheNation. The DG FDE, however, could not be contacted for her comments. The teaching and non-teaching staff of different schools and colleges working under FDE had been denied funds to rent accommodation due to non-release of funds by the government. The directorate had stopped registering new cases while already registered employees were also deprived of the funds. Nearly 5,000 teaching and non-teaching staff of directorate is registered for the facility but only 2,000 employees were getting the amount and nearly 3,000 cases were pending waiting for their turn. In the financial year 2009-10 the directorate had demanded Rs540 million for the employees in terms of hiring but only Rs180 million were allocated by the Finance Division for the year. The stoppage of funds and hiring policies of the government has caused great hardships for thousands of families of schoolteachers and non-teaching staff of different institutions and they were considering to start a protest campaign to press for their demands. The Heads Association of Federal Government Schools Islamabad had announced to wait for 15 days and after that the association would start a protest movement to get their due right. The representatives of the schoolteachers had also appealed to the Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, on humanitarian grounds, to direct the authorities concerned either to ensure the availability of funds for hiring of houses or pay them ceiling with the salary. In this regard the Supreme Court had served notices on the Education as well as Finance Ministry to explain the issue of non-allocation of funds for residential accommodation to the teachers and non-teaching staff of the colleges. The employees lamented that bleak economic condition of teachers is one of the major cause of deteriorating standards of education. A rent of a house ranges from Rs15,000 up to Rs25,000 monthly while the salary of the lecturers or professors is approximately Rs16,500. Even if the amount is released to them, it is not sufficient to make a decent living here in the Capital.