School teachers recruitment hits snags
Karachi, March 14, 2008: At a time when a number of schools in Sindh are either
closed for want of teachers or facing an acute shortage of teachers, the
year-long exercise undertaken by the provincial education department to fill up
8,000 vacant posts of primary and junior schools teachers failed to yield
On the eve of the February 18 general election the
executive district officers issued thousands of appointment letters of primary
and junior schools teachers in their respective districts in haste despite the
fact that they were asked not to make appointments during the caretaker set-up
and a ban on fresh appointments was placed by some high officials of the Sindh
However, all the newly appointed teachers except those in
district Nawabshah could not join their duties.
The letters were not
entertained because most candidates who managed to get the appointment letters
had either not appeared in the written tests for the appointment of teachers
conducted by the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Sukkur, or their
names were not mentioned in the merit list of successful candidates issued by
Well-placed sources said that when Education Secretary Shafiq
Khoso came to know about the appointment letters, he asked medical
superintendent of Services Hospitals not to conduct medical tests of candidates.
Since clearing a medical test is mandatory to join duty, the newly appointed
teachers were refused medical tests and they remained unable to join their
Among them were 2,000 candidates from Karachi who were not
entertained at the Services Hospital.
Another objection against the
candidates from Karachi was that majority of them had not appeared in the tests
conducted by the IBA Sukkur yet they had been issued appointment
Sources said that the provincial education secretary was asked
by some top officials a couple of days back to allow the candidates to join
their duties but the former reportedly sought time to verify their names in the
list issued by the IBA.
Moreover, they said, the candidates were supposed
to complete all formalities, including medical tests, within 15 days after
receiving appointment letters.
However, they failed to do so within the
Sources attributed the transfer of a former education
secretary, Chaudhry Mohammad Ali, who was asked to report to the federal
government last week, to the matter of appointment letters of teachers issued
during the caretaker set-up.
Sources said that although 12,000 vacant
posts of high, primary and junior school teachers (HSTs, PSTs and JSTs) had been
lying vacant across the province for long but the Sindh education department had
initiated the process of recruiting around 8,000 primary and junior school
teachers last year.
After inviting applications, the candidates were
asked to appear in a written test which was conducted by the IBA,
All the candidates who were declared successful in the tests
later appeared in an interview arranged by the education department. But the
process of issuing appointment letters to the candidates who had qualified the
tests and interview could not be initiated by the elected
When the caretaker setup came into power the chief secretary
issued a circular to all the government departments, asking them not to make any
appointment in their department concerned.
Meanwhile, about 1,100
non-teaching staff, including lab attendants and naib qasid, who too were issued
appointment letters during the caretaker set-up have already joined their
However, the regional director (college education) has reportedly
refused to allow 270 of them to join their duties, saying that the appointment
of non-technical staff in colleges was the sole prerogative of the head of
A list of 270 non-technical staff appointed for
colleges by the education department was sent by director-general (college
education) to the regional director. Dawn
Repetition of blasphemous caricatures: IJT takes out rally
Karachi: The Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) took out a rally in the city on
Thursday against the republication of caricatures in Danish newspapers.
Thousands of students from the University of Karachi, NED University,
Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS), Sindh Medical College, Dawood
Engineering University, Jinnah Postgraduate College of Physiotherapy and other
private educational institutions participated in the rally.
participants were carrying banners and play cards demanding to severe diplomatic
relations with Denmark and other European countries that allowed republication
of blasphemous caricatures. They burnt effigies of Danish prime minister and the
editor of the offending newspaper near Denso Hall.
Naib Amir Jamaat-e-Islami, addressing the rally said that the participation of
such a large number of students was a proof that the hearts of the citizens of
Karachi were imbibed with the love of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and 'enemies of
Islam' should understand this fully.
The rally passed a resolution
demanding the expulsion of Danish and Swedish ambassadors from Pakistan and
recalling its own from these countries, besides boycotting products of these
countries. The News
BMU to start M.Phil and PhD in Biochem
Karachi: Baqai Medical University's (BMU) academic council has
approved M.Phil Physiology and PhD programmes in biochemistry.
decided in a meeting presided over by BMU Vice Chancellor Prof. Dr Syed Azhar
Ahmed Thursday. BMU Chancellor Prof. Fariduddin Baqai also attended the meeting.
The chancellor announced that the first batch of physiotherapy will
graduate this year. "The new pharmacy department building has been established
and the caretaker federal minister for health, Tariq Rahim, has laid the
foundation stone of a new building for the Institute of Pathological Studies for
health," Baqai said.
Prof. Farid claimed that the institution would help
to overcome the shortage of pathologists and informed that the Pakistan Medical
and Dental Council (PMDC) had also granted permission for MPH programme. Prof.
Dr Syed Azhar said that more than 1,800 students in 20 disciplines were getting
education under the supervision of 400 teachers. ppi