Teachers of 80 basic education community schools (BECS) in Lower Dir have been without salaries for the last eight months.
Ms Uzma, a teacher of basic education community school in Rabat, told Dawn that the project had not paid them a single penny for the last eight months due to which they were facing hardships.
“We demand of the Federal Minister of Education Baleegh-ur-Rehman to order early reimbursement of our salaries or close down the schools,” she said. She added that students of BECS schools had not been provided with books for the last three years badly affecting their studies.
A total of around 3,000 poor students, 97 per cent of them girls, were getting education from nursery to grade 5 in eighty schools being run by the federal education ministry in Lower and Upper Dir districts.
When contacted, assistant director, BECS, Khan Zeb told Dawn that the salaries of teachers around the country were not paid due to non-availability of funds.
“We have contacted the federal education ministry for early provision of new books and staff salaries,” he said.
To a question Mr Zeb said so far the project could not achieve its goals as some local organisations tasked with running the affairs of such schools could not produce results.Dawn.