School teachers salaries issue
Schoolteachers stage protest,demand increase in their salaries
Rawalpindi, Jan 26: Teachers of Punjab public sector schools have expressed
concern over non-increase in their emoluments despite repeated assurances by the
They set up a protest camp near the Rawalpindi
Press Club. Punjab Teachers Union (Rawalpindi District) President Sagheer Alam
led the protest, which was attended, by a large number of teachers, including
Anis Ahmed Abbasi, Chaudhry Tasawar Hussain, Malik Zaheer Ahmed, Mohammad Shafiq
Bhatti, Raja Nadeem Akhtar, Haroon Rasheed and Tariq Mahmood.
their views at the protest camp, the union representatives said that prices of
items of daily use and other things have shot up, but salaries of teachers have
not been increased.
Sagheer Alam said that the representatives had held
several meetings with higher officials for increase in their salaries. However
the provincial government despite assurances by its functionaries took no
He said that the government has increased charges of
electricity, gas, petrol, CNG and diesel several times over last six months, but
the concerned authorities did not bother to increase the emoluments of teachers.
It has become impossible for them to manage their household budgets.
can't even afford fares of public transport. There is no option for us apart
from launching a protest movement to draw the attention of the government
towards the financial crisis being faced by our community,' Sagheer Alam
He urged Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to take
immediate notice of the situation and issue necessary directives with regard to
raising emoluments of teachers of the provincial government schools.
said that the formation of the pay and commission committee was just to hoodwink
teachers. 'The report of this committee has been put in cold storage
deliberately,' he added.
"elementary teachers are ignored i.e salary packedge higher educaion increments Promotion Medical aid etc"
Name: Muhammad sulman
City, Country: fasilabad
"The salaries of the elementry teachers are not enough to afford his personal/basic neccessity. I request to Shehbaz Sharif to increase the salaries according to the Inflation."
Name: Sarfraz Janjua
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Primary teachers campaign
Rawalpindi: Primary Elementary Teachers Association District Rawalpindi
has launched a campaign to make District Accounts Office Rawalpindi free of
corruption. District President of the Association, Mirza Shamsher Ahmed has said
that the officials of District Accounts Office raised unnecessary objections on
bills of teachers and made impossible for teachers to get their dues.
that bribe are being demanded from teachers even for GP Fund and pay slips have
not been issued for many months. Mirza Shamsher also demanded the transfer of
officials working in District Accounts Office sine long as they are the main
source of spreading corruption in the department.
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NIP age relaxation for Sindh youth
Islamabad: The Ministry of Youth Affairs here on Monday announced the three-year
age relaxation under the National Internship Programme (NIP) for the youth of
the rural areas of Sindh.
According to the Ministry of Youth Affairs,
candidates whose ages are under 28 years or less on October 30, 2009, can apply
for the NIP. It said the aim of the age relaxation is to accommodate more youth
from rural Sindh and provide an opportunity of internship to the unemployed
graduates of those areas, having 16 years of education from HEC recognised
universities and institutions, including external candidates. Students, who have
domiciles of Sindh's rural areas, can apply for NIP and they must not have
availed the internship opportunity under NIP before.
The duration of the
internship would be one year and the stipend would also provide Rs10,000 per
month. After the completion of one year, the ministry would provide them
experience certificates on the successful completion of their training. Students
can apply online at www.nip.gov.pk or by post if they have no facility of
Internet. The last date for the submission of applications is March 1, 2010.
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Only 66% committed education aid disbursed
Islamabad: The commitment and disbursement gap in the Official Development
Assistance (ODA) in Pakistan's education sector is becoming all the more evident
in view of the fact that only 66 per cent of the ODA committed is disbursed.
These views were expressed at the launch of a study titled 'A Policy
Scan of Official Development Assistance (ODA)' published by the Pakistan
Coalition for Education (PCE). Civil society activists, government officials,
media representatives and education experts participated in the event and
expressed their views on the issue.
The study shows that the ODA in
education sector faces innumerable issues and challenges such as meagre
allocation of resources, little focus of multinationals on education, gaps in
commitments and actual disbursements, strict aid conditionalities, and lack of
implementation and transparency mechanisms.
Highlighting the importance
of ODA, Chairman National Standing Committee on Education Abid Sher Ali said it
is vital in addressing the missing links in education. 'Our enhanced focus,
however, should be on generating and mobilising local resources,' he added.
Talking about the inadequate focus of multinationals on education,
researcher of the study and Executive Director Centre for Peace &
Development Initiatives (CPDI) Mukhtar Ahmed Ali said the trend is evident from
the fact that the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank apportion most of
the project aid to infrastructure development. He further mentioned that grants
constitute only 19 per cent of ODA and the remaining comes in the form of loans.
Assessing the role of ODA in Pakistan, Advisor to Chief Minister Sindh
Dr Kaiser Bengali emphasised that as a rule, loans should only be taken for
asset creation and should never be taken for budgetary support. However, he
cited education as an exception to this rule, as it is not aimed at asset
creation but the overall well-being.
He reiterated the importance of
foreign assistance but specified four areas of concerns regarding shortage that
of teachers, laboratory equipments/instruments, libraries, and research
resources like journals/books and scholarships. He also called for comprehensive
planning to control the brain drain.
Mohammad Muntasim Tanvir, Campaign
Coordinator Asia South Pacific Association for Basic & Adult Education
(ASPBAE) - a network of 200 organisations working in 36 countries - spoke on the
ODA trends in Asia. He highlighted the inadequacy of aid and low priority
accorded to education in the whole region.
He also underlined the key
policy demands from the Asian civil society regarding aid, adding that aid
should be transparent, unconditional, consistent and better quality grants
(instead of loans). 'The aid should be monitored through strong accountability
measures and should be used in a harmonised process for long term and
sustainable projects with full participation from civil society in its design,
implementation and monitoring.'
Pakistan Coalition for Education (PCE)
is a network, which by design is a forum for initiating, sharing and exchanging
dialogues on different education related issues like policy, governance and
financing. It encourages dialogues on issues in education with a view to promote
awareness among people and create a critical mass for facilitating a positive
change and improving upon the overall education scenario.
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GIKI Software contest
Rawalpindi: All Pakistan Software Competition namely Softcom, 2010 will be held
from January 29 to 31, at the Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Science
and Technology (GIKI), Topi, says a press release.
Students of various
universities from all over the country will participate in the
The main objectives of this competition are to encourage
students to display their professional skills at national level, to share
innovative ideas and skill of software engineers and developers, to produce
international quality projects, to promote research and development culture in
Pakistan and to develop and encourage human resource of the country.
is worth mentioning here that Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering
Sciences and Technology (GIKI) is one of the most prestigious engineering
institutes of Pakistan. The news
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