IHC bars FDE from fresh recruitments

ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday barred the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE) from fresh appointments until the issue of thousands of daily wagers is not resolved.

While issuing a stay order, the IHC directed the FDE to halt the process of new hiring against various vacant slots until the issue of daily wagers is not resolved.

Under the umbrella of Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD), the FDE oversees 423 educational institutes being functioned both in rural and urban parts of the capital.

Despite the fact that the FDE has availability of around 2,250 daily wagers, including teaching and non-teaching cadres, the authority had given an advertisement in all national dailies in December last year seeking over 200 new recruitments against different positions.

According to the published advertisement, the FDE sought applications for the posts of elementary school teacher (EST) BPS-14 male, EST female, steno typist (BPS-14) English and steno typist Urdu and Electrician (BPS-05).

Interestingly, the directorate had intended to conduct recruitment test for the said posts through an open testing service (OTS) that itself is a private entity. Sources disclosed that thousands of candidates had applied for the jobs. The OTS charged Rs 500 for each application.

Besides, the FDE had sought applications for around 150 posts below the rank of BPS-05. For such posts, candidates were asked to submit applications without any charges.

Meanwhile, hundreds of FDE daily wagers had been protesting from earlier this month against non-regularisation of their jobs and release of pending salaries since June last year. They had also boycotted classes at all educational institutes under the FDE.

So far the FDE daily wagers had staged many demonstrations but of no avail despite the fact that several forums, including Supreme Court, lower courts and standing committees of both the houses, had issued directives for regularisation of FDE daily wagers.

As per the available information, the Committee for regularisation of Contractual Employees in 2009 had directed for regularisation of more than 100,000 daily wagers, who had been working in various federal departments and ministries.

A few years ago, the CADD also regularised thousands of employees and its attached functionaries in light of the committee recommendations. The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training also confirmed regularisation of 63 employees having cadres of assistant field officer, assistant director, deputy director and director under same recommendations.

Furthermore, the IHC said that it was failure of federal government in taking timely measures for regularisation of the employees (daily wagers of FDE).

FDE Director General Hasnat Qureshi told Daily Times that the issue of outstanding salaries would be resolved soon.

“We are seriously looking into the issue in mutual discussion with the CADD,” he said.

“Another proposal regarding creation of new slots at the FDE is also under negotiation with the prime minster,” Qureshi claimed.

Published in Daily Times, January 30th 2018.