Teachers await first salary for four months
JHANG: A large number of teachers recruited to public schools in far-flung areas of the district have been awaiting their first salary since their appointment three to four months ago, as the respective clerical staff is allegedly sitting on their files.[TOP]
The Jhang district chapter of Punjab Teachers Union in a written statement said the school education department recruited educators (teachers) in different grades on a contract basis and maximum number of teachers were posted in rural schools.
The newly posted female teachers claimed that they had been spending Rs3,000 to Rs5,000 per month on pick and drop since their appointment whereas the respective of ficials were withholding their salaries.
The teachers said they had submitted the required documents to the relevant deputy and district education officers for the pay release. They accused some of their colleagues of getting salary by greasing the palm of the of ficial concerned.
The PTU`s statement issued by the district president claimed that clerical staffers at deputy and district education offices were demanding Rs5,000 for the completion of pay file.
A female teacher, on the condition of anonymity, said whenever her family and friends asked her about the salary and job, she felt embarrassed.
District Accounts Officer Malik Altaf told this correspondent that the teachers, who had submitted complete files, were paid and the remaining would get payment shortly.
When contacted District Education Authority`s Administrator/ Deputy Commissioner Mudasar Riaz Malik told Dawn that in the light of the complaints, directions were issued to the DEA`s CEO and DOs for early release of salaries of educators besides clearing their own ( CEO and DOs) position regarding demand for bribe.