Teachers of community schools without pay for 12 months

CHITRAL: Teachers of government girls’ community schools established under the Elementary Education Foundation of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in Chitral have not been paid their monthly salaries for 12 months.

There are 70 such schools across Chitral in which thousands of students are studying but their teachers have been waiting for salaries for a year. The teachers held protests on a number of occasions but the PTI government still remains callous to their plight.

These schools were opened by the government in such areas that had no government schools to cater to girls. The project was aimed at ensuring 100 per cent enrollment and meet the basic right of providing education to children at their doorsteps.

Talking to ChitralToday, representatives of the teachers said officials from the Independent Monitoring Unit of the government regularly visited the community schools and despite non-payment of salaries the teachers were always found performing their duties regularly.

Teachers of basic education community schools in Chitral protest.
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The teachers always take up the issue of unpaid salaries with the monitoring officials but to no avail.

The teachers held a number of protests for their rights but the government did not move and resolve their issue.

They said on the one hand rising inflation had broken the back of citizens and on the other the government was not paying salaries of the teachers let along regularize their services.

The teachers urged the government to have pity on them and release their stuck-up salaries so that they would not be compelled to take to streets once again.–Muhkam Uddin Ayuni