ISLAMABAD (APP) - Federal Government College Teachers Association (FGCTA) has demanded enhancement in the grades of the teachers working in federal government colleges. Talking to this agency, President FGCTA Zahid Ali Shah said that the teachers want announcement and notification of the enhancement of college teachers grades on priority basis. A former prime minister announced enhancement of teachers grades on the occasion of Teachers Day but the decision was implemented only at the university and school level. Another problem the teachers are facing is promotion of teachers as it takes 15 to 20 years to get elevation from one grade to the next grade which causes sense of deprivation among teachers. Those who have been serving for many years must be promoted according to time scale promotion formula, he said. Zahid said the teachers community has been demanding lifting of ban on hiring and enhancement of house ceiling according to the present day requirements. Since long, Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has banned hiring due to which the teachers are facing severe difficulties as it is arduous to find a reasonable place to live in the federal capital with present salaries. Zahid Shah said it is the earnest demand of the teachers that new FG schools in the rural areas including Barakahu, Tarnol, Neelor and Golra should be opened for providing better education facilities to the children. Recently, a Degree College was set up at Sihala where teachers posts have not been sanctioned. He urged the Ministry of Education to sanction the posts for the teachers in the college and appoint the teaching staff. Besides, he urged appointment of 500 more teachers in government colleges to overcome shortage of teaching staff. He said a number of scholarships are announced every year across the world and most of the scholarships are offered for the education sector. But it is very unfortunate that the teaching faculty is ignored and the officials of Ministry of Education are sent to avail such opportunity, which is futile exercise for them. He said it is their demand that teacher scholarships should be awarded to the teachers studying at M Phil and Ph.D level to enhance their capabilities. The teachers community also want regularization of the services of the teachers working on contract basis and provision of teaching allowance without discrimination. Teachers are a pillar of the educational system who are performing a sacred job of enlightening the future generations so standard of facilities for them should be raised, he said. All the demands of teachers were conveyed to the Federal Minister for Education Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali during the oath taking ceremony of the FGCTA recently and the Minister expressed his commitment for resolution of these issues. The Minister said that a meeting will be held soon to discuss and formulate a strategy for resolving the issues of teachers. Meanwhile, FGCTA has demanded that a senior person from the teaching community should be appointed Director General Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) on permanent basis. President FGCTA Zahid Ali Shah has expressed concern over rapid changes in the Federal Directorate of Education. The association demanded an autonomous status for the FDE and called for setting up of an independent authority under the directorate to resolve teachers problems.