ISLAMABAD – The striking non-teaching employees of model colleges, who were pledged regularisation of their services by the education managers, have been facing inquiry for observing protests and strike that disrupted the annual examination in schools.

The Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) has initiated an inquiry constituting a three-member committee to gauge the level of loss and hold responsible the employees behind the strike. The representatives of the employees were called by the committee to explain their position and it has also written letters to the principals to inform about the issues they faced during the strike, why papers were cancelled and who locked the examination centres.

The teaching and non-teaching employees in 20 model colleges had resorted to protests and strike in the last week of February, demanding regularisation of their services that led to the disruption in the annual examination of Class I to Class VII that were going on at that time.

They had called off their strike on the assurance of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) officials for redressel of their grievances.

The officials had committed that notifications would be issued for the regularisation of employees on available posts and for the rest a case would be moved for the creation of new posts within a week.

But after the passage of a month even neither the employees were regularized on available posts nor the case was moved to Finance Division for creation of new posts and instead an inquiry has been initiated against the employees who were protesting for the regularisation of their services, regretted an employee wishing not to be named fearing victimisation.

Employees informed that the salaries of the daily-wage employees were also deducted of the days they held protests. “ Salary of a daily-wage employee, Zaib-un-Nisa, who is a sole bread earner of her family and working on meagre salary since 2003 was also deducted and her daughter who is student of Class IX suffered heart attack due to financial problems and hardships her family passing through”.

The President of Islamabad Model Colleges Employees Welfare Association Muhammad Aftab said if the committee recommends and action against the employees or any employee is terminated they may go on strike again.

Among daily wage and contractual employees, over 200 are lecturers and Junior Lady Teachers of model colleges, 425 are non-teaching staff from BPS-1 to BPS-15, and about 150 non-teaching employees of federal schools and colleges.

They have been working for the last 5, 10, 15 and 19 years on contractual or daily wage basis without any allowances, incentives and promotions. Their salaries range from Rs 2,750 to Rs 3,000, Rs 3,500 and up to Rs 6,000 and they are asked to work for long hours. Even their salaries are deducted during public holidays or when they fall ill.