Islamabad - The daily-wage teachers have announced to continue their protest against non-payment of their salaries after failure of their talks with the Ministry of Capital Administration & Development Division (CADD) yesterday.

Earlier, the daily-wage employees of model schools and colleges, including teaching and non-teaching staff, held a protest in front of Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) for release of their salaries and regularisation of their jobs.

The protestors held negotiations with State Minister for CADD Tariq Fazal Chaudhry in which the minister ordered immediately release of the salaries. The minister said that teachers’ rights would be protected and finance ministry would be contacted to provide uninterrupted salaries to daily-wage teachers in future.

“The minister assured us that salaries will be given from CADD fund, while issue of increase in salary will be mulled over,” said Ehsaan Bangash, a representative of Young Teachers Association (YTA).

But after negotiating with the secretary CADD on the directions of the minister regarding salary issue, the YTA again announced to stage protest on Friday.

“The secretary didn’t give us surety regarding release of the salaries on emergency basis. We will continue boycott of classes and again stage protest on Friday till our salary is paid,” said Rooh-ul-Amin.

Around 350 protesters, mostly women, along with their children participated in the protest. Protestors, displaying their demands on placards also blocked the service road for six hours which led to the inconvenience of the commuters also.

The participants demanded of the government to end discrimination against teachers.

There are over four hundreds model schools and colleges in the federal capital in which a large number of teachers are serving on daily-wage basis in morning and evening shifts.

An official of FDE who wished anonymity told The Nation that non-allocation of fund for teachers in the budget has led to this crisis, while their demand of job regularisation has become complicated because of rules and regulations. “Since the student fund has been eliminated, issuing the salaries to this staff has become a problem,” he said.

According to FDE official, finance division cannot issue the salary to employees who have not been recruited following proper procedure and channel.

Talking to The Nation YTA representative Rooh-ul-Amin said that the government is not serious in regularizing the staff but it must release the salaries as livelihood of the daily wages employees has become difficult.