Punjab teachers' controversial aptitude test | HEC financial crunch
Controversial test for teachers postponed
Lahore, Feb 07: The Punjab Schools Education Department on Friday
'postponed' the aptitude and basic skills test scheduled to be given to subject
specialists for their selection and posting against administrative posts like
DEOs and EDOs.
The test was scheduled to be held on Saturday (Feb 7). The
education department has, however, cited no reason for the abrupt postponement
of the aptitude test.
Director Public Instruction (secondary education),
Punjab, Mian Abdul Haq confirmed that the test had been postponed, but failed to
give any reason. An official, however, claimed that the education department had
succumbed to the pressure mounted by the teacher organisations which launched
protests, held press conferences, issued news releases and threatened boycott of
Since the announcement regarding holding of the test, the
Punjab Government Schools Senior Staff Association (PGSSSA) had been protesting
against the idea of holding the GMAT. Later, many teacher organisations
announced their support to the association.
The association leaders also
took the education department's decision to select officials after giving them a
test as insult of teachers. It may be mentioned that the Punjab government had
earlier tried to create a separate administrative cadre in school side, but
Following teachers' protests, the schools education department
took a stand that it was not a GMAT test but an aptitude and basic skills test
being conducted for the training of educational managers by the Government
College University (GCU).
The education department stated that the Punjab
Education-Sector Reform Programme (PESRP) Phase-I implementation had identified
that educational managers needed capacity building as it came out as a key weak
area. Consequently, the education department prepared an elaborate project for
the capacity building of education department senior teachers and educational
managers, particularly at the district level.
project aimed at training prospective educational managers to enable them to
impart their duties in managerial, organisational, technical and logistic areas
of the district education department.
An education department official
said the training needed to be imparted to all managerial tiers of district
He said the GCU services were hired for imparting
training to the educational managers as well as for the comparative analysis of
ambitious candidates. "Consequently, an aptitude and basic skills test was
designed in accordance with the standardised needs and requirements of the
education department," he added.
The official also claimed that the
proposed test had no link with the promotion or demotion of education managers
nor had it any pass or fail rating.
The teachers, meanwhile, continued
protest against the proposed test.
"too good ."
City, Country: jalandhar
"G-MAT test is not fit tool for the selection of education managers. G-MAT test was given to the candidates and they solved it. "
City, Country: chishtian
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VCs to rack up ideas to cure economic ills: HEC meeting on 9th
Lahore: Vice-chancellors of the 60 public-sector universities in
the country are meeting on Feb 9 (Monday) under the umbrella of the Higher
Education Commission to finalise a strategy to cope with the 'financial crunch'
the institutes have been facing for the last several months.
scheduled to be held in Islamabad, will be presided over by Vice-Chancellors'
Committee chairman Dr Mazharul Haq Siddiqui.
According to a senior
official of the HEC, the meeting has only one-point agenda, that is, how to come
out of the financial crisis after a substantial cut in the HEC grants by the
government. The meeting, he said, would discuss as to how the varsities should
explore the possibilities to generate funds from their own resources, especially
through self-finance programmes or even fee enhancement, curtailing expenditure,
approaching donor community and not initiating any new project.
wake of the financial crunch, a number of development projects of the varsities
have already come to halt.
Expressing its inability to provide any
further funding, the HEC has told the varsities in black and white that the
finance ministry had not given any commitment to even release recurring and
development funds budgeted for the current financial year.
"For the next
financial year we have been asked to tentatively consider a 10 per cent increase
in recurring grants and zero per cent in development grants. Therefore, the
commission will hardly be in a position to fund the legitimate demands of the
varsities," it said.
The HEC maintained that the proposed budget for
higher education would reduce the inflation adjusted 'real' funds available to
the institutions. "Considering that the universities have been forced to borrow
at exorbitant interest rates to meet liabilities in the current financial year,
it is clear that tough times lie ahead."
The HEC said: "For the past four
years it had been working towards getting a US $300 million (0.5 per cent)
30-year financing from the World Bank for budgetary support. In spite of meeting
all technical requirements for the loan demanded due to a lack of release of
funds from the government for higher education, this financing has been
"The World Bank has expressed severe reservations in funding
a sub-sector of the economy that does not have the required budgetary support of
The commission further informed the varsities that the
most crucial task was to protect the investment they had already made in
different projects. "Our most precious investment is the faculty development and
we have to develop faculty positions on Tenure Track System to the returning
scholars. This will be our biggest challenge since it takes five years to
develop one PhD level faculty member and if we are unable to absorb them in our
varsities then the entire investment would essentially yield no returns to the
higher education sector." Dawn
I miss you, Dr Ata!
Rawalpindi: My experience with the HEC shows that when Dr Ataur Rehman was in chair, all
elements of the commission were functioning efficiently. Whenever I wrote an
email to any person in the HEC or called him, I always got a response. This
attitude actually travels from top to bottom. Dr Rehman himself was kind enough
to respond to every email that I sent him (an attitude unheard of in our federal
cabinet). After Dr Rehman, there is a sea change in the attitude of HEC staff.
They are now at par with other government offices. I have been trying to call
the HEC for the past two weeks and have been unable to even speak to an
official. Either no one picks up the phone or when they do they immediately put
it down. I have also sent several emails but so far there has been no response.
Keep it up, HEC -- you are now working like a true Pakistani
institution. -Nadir Munir (The News)
"***** ***** IS JUST A CORRUPT MAN.THE CONTRACT DURATION OF 2 YEARS S COMPLETD N HE S STILL INSISTING N SHOWNG HIS STUPID THEME."
Name: sonia khan
City, Country: ATTOCK
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Punjab told not to hire staff for Attock schools
Rawalpindi: The Lahore High Court's Rawalpindi bench on Friday
stopped the Punjab government from inducting new teaching and non-teaching staff
in Attock after the district nazim moved the court against the
Justice Abdul Shakoor Paracha issued provisional status quo
order directing the district coordination officer (DCO) not to proceed with
appointing new staff on posts already occupied by contractual employees till
disposal of the petition.
Before adjourning the hearing, the court also
directed the DCO to submit comments in response to the petition of the district
nazim, Tahir Sadiq, within three weeks.
Making the provincial government
through the chief secretary, DCO and the executive district officer (education)
respondents, the petitioner maintained that in 2006 and 2007 the district
government had appointed over 4,000 teaching and on-teaching staff strictly on
merit on a five years' contract. However, on January 25, the provincial
government through an advertisement sought applications for filling the posts
after showing them vacant.
The petitioner's counsel, Advocate Tanveer
Iqbal Khan, informed the court that the advertisement had asked the contractual
teachers to apply afresh for the posts before they completed their five-year
contract period, creating panic among them. He said the government had also
reduced the maximum age limit from 45 years to 35, making many working teachers
ineligible for the job.
The nazim, as head of the district government
under the Punjab Local Government Ordinance, issued executive orders to the DCO
EDO to stop making fresh applications on the posts but his
directives were not heeded to, he added.
He alleged that the Punjab
government's move to target the teachers was aimed to politically victimise the
district nazim. Dawn
"tahir sadiq appointed teachers 4 only and only 4 2 acadamic years.and they were told to qualify afresh if punjab govt.issue advertisement. in fact major tahir sadiq D.N attock is an illiolost and colussive one who cann,t see people as employeed ."
City, Country: attock
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