Lahore: The fate of trained graduate teachers (TGTs) has been again put on stake due to lukewarm attitude of the federal ministry of education that failed to take timely decision to regularise services of the said teachers working on contract basis in federal government educational institutions in the country. Their case is hanging in balance simply because of the lethargic attitude of the responsible officials.
The tenure of the TGTs is set to expire on August 14, shortly before the start of the next academic session, and a summary for the regularisation of their services was sent well ahead of time to the federal ministry of education last year through the federal directorate of education but the state of indecision prevailed even after a lapse of one year.
However, apprehending a collapse in the tutorial activity in the institutions, another summary for the extension to the service of TGTs was sent to the federal ministry of education but a decision on the summary is still awaited. With each passing day the teachers’ anxiety is increasing and they are facing uncertainty and unrest.
As many as 160 TGTs, majority of whom females, are working on contract basis since 2007 in grade 16. All of them are graduates with BEd and Masters degree holder with MEd, who were given an initial contract of two years with the assurance of regularisation of their services.
However, pending regularisation within the stipulated period, they were given another one-year extension on the expiry of the initial contract. As many as 14 out of 15 TGTs are females who are discharging their duties at federal government schools in the Lahore Region. It was expected they would be regularised in due course of time particularly when the government regularised services of teachers working on contract basis in grade 10 and grade 14 but the government remained silent on the case of grade 16 teachers.
The TGTs have threatened to go on strike to press their demands before the start of the next academic session from September this year. They have appealed to Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani to intervene.
They have also appealed to Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Mohammad Chau-dhry to take suo motto notice of the injustice done to them. The nation