Remuneration of Volunteer Teachers to be raised from Rs.8000 to Rs.25000 per month
Karachi: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah as per decision taken in the 42th meeting of Council of Common Interest (CCI) has approved taking over 4192 non formal schools along with 4425 volunteer teachers, being run by the federal government and decided to enhance the salaries of teachers from Rs.8000 to Rs.25000.
He accorded this approval while presiding over a meeting here at CM House on Thursday. The meeting was attended by Minister Education Saeed Ghani, Advisor Law Murtaza Wahab, Chief Secretary Mumtaz Shah, PSCM Sajid Jamal Abro, Secretary School Education Ahmed Bux Narejo, Secretary IPC Asif Ikram, Special Secretary Finance Bilal Memon and others.
In the 42th session of CCI held on June 30, 2021 a decision was taken that the provincial governments would take over National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) and Basic Education Community School (BECS) from June 30, 2021.
Minister Education Saeed Ghani told the chief minister that there were total 4,192 centers/schools with 4,425 teachers and 236,755 enrolment, including 1,463 BECSD centers with 1,463 teachers and 61,118 enrolment and 2,729 NCHD centers, 2962 teachers and 175,637 students.
The chief minister was told that these schools/centers were being run under a non-formal education system where teachers were teaching on a voluntary basis against a remuneration of Rs.8000, per month.
The chief minister said that his government has already announced minimum wage at Rs.25000 per month, therefore these volunteer teachers would be paid Rs.25000 each per month.
The finance department told the chief minister that by enhancing the salaries of 4425 teachers from Rs.8000 to Rs.25000 per month would cause financial implication of Rs.1.327 billion.
Shah approved the amount and directed the department to move a summary for the purpose.
He also directed the education department to take over the schools immediately and make the schools functional with the same teaching staff. “After some time an opportunity may be provided to the teachers to appear in the test and those qualifying would be inducted as regular staff,” he said.
The chief minister also directed the education department to assess the requirement of these schools in terms of furniture, water, washrooms, electricity, and others and ensure their provision at the earliest. (PR)