ISLAMABAD - The introduction of new service structure for the upgradation of schoolteachers of the Federal Capital is in doldrums. The Education Ministry had proposed the implementation of the new structure from July 1 but due to the delaying tactics by the officials of the ministries, the decision could not be implemented. The Federal Minister for Education Mir Hazar Khan Bijarani had also recommended the immediate implementation of the structure but lack of will among the bureaucracy and the procedural delays has marred the implementation. The representatives of the schoolteachers told TheNation that there has been no specific promotion policy for the teachers of 435 schools of the Federal Capital while all the provincial governments have announced special packages for the teacher community. The Punjab government has upgraded the teacher community twice in a year after their protests. But a teacher in the Capital reaches the age of superannuating in the same grade and their salaries are hardly fair for the job that they do. They were of the view that the present pay scales of the posts of schoolteachers are considered grossly incommensurate with the qualifications and experience prescribed for the appointments for these posts. Earlier, teachers were promoted through the policies of selection grade and move-over but after the abolition of theses policies no system was being in placed by the ministry. The process of promotions was also made so lengthy that one remains in the same grade throughout the service, they added. The introduction of the new service structure for the teaching staff in educational institution situated in the capital was approved on August 21, 2007 and the representatives of teachers from the platform of Peoples Teacher Forum had moved the file to the ministry on November 18, 2008. The case was referred to the Finance Division for their concurrence but the Finance Division referred it to the Establishment Division. Since then its been three months that the case is still pending in the Establishment division. According to the proposal the minimum qualification of primary teachers will be B.A/B.Sc. with preference to B.Ed. They may be placed in BS-16 and re-designated as Junior Lady Teachers. Similarly, minimum qualification for teachers at secondary level will be M.A/M.Sc. They may be re-designated as Lecturers and placed in BS-17.