Non-teaching staff illegal appointments
CM seeked report on 400 'illegal' appointments
Karachi, Nov 25: Sindh Chief Minister Syed Qaim Ali Shah has ordered an inquiry
into the recent appointment of non-teaching staff in city government-run schools
to investigate as to how over 400 job letters were issued when there was a ban
in place on recruitment and transfers in government departments, it has been
According to sources, Additional Secretary (Administration) of
the Chief Minister's Secretariat Abdul Hafeez Umrani sent a letter on the issue
to the city government's district officer (coordination), seeking a report on
"illegal appointments" at the earliest. The letter (dated Nov 16, 2009)
stated: "The education department of the city district government, Karachi, has
issued over 400 appointment letters for non-teaching posts, despite a ban on
recruitment and transfers in government departments."
Referring to CM's
remarks on the matter, the official in the letter requested the district officer
(coordination) to ensure that the report concerning the illegal appointments is
submitted to the Chief Minister's secretariat at the earliest as the chief
minister had desired so.
The sources said that the city government's
district officer for coordination conveyed the message to EDO (Education)
Ibrahim Kumbhar on Nov 18, requesting him to furnish the report on a "top
priority" basis. They said that the city government education department
had recently issued the appointment letters to fill more than 400 vacancies for
computer operators, lab attendants, lab assistants, naib qasid, chowkidar and
sweepers reportedly on political grounds.
The sources said the Chief
Minister's House, which sought a complete record of the appointments made by the
city government, lately recommended over 400 names to the city government's
education department for non-teaching posts, with a direction to issue them
appointment letters. However, they added that the provincial government lifted
the ban on the appointments before making these recommendations.
said that over 4,500 candidates were interviewed last year at Safia Khan
Memorial School, New Town, for appointments on non-teaching posts. However, the
sources added that none of them was considered by the city government education
department while issuing the appointment letters in violation of the ban on
recruitment and the provincial government while recommending the names after
lifting the ban.
Interestingly, the inquiry report on the illegal
recruitment of non-teaching staff has been sought at a time when a probe into
illegal appointments of 450 teachers in primary schools is under way. The
inquiry into the teachers' appointment was assigned to a team of officials by
City Nazim Syed Mustafa Kamal in October.
The posting orders were issued
in August reportedly by a district officer (education) of the local bodies wing,
who was replaced by another official and then suspended after the probe was
ordered. However, the inquiry committee, headed by EDO (Municipal Services)
Masood Alam, is still seized with the case and thus the fate of those teachers
who received their posting orders and started teaching at primary schools two to
three months ago still hangs in the balance.
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School teachers demoted to BPS-7 from BPS-9
Nawabshah: More than 150 contractual primary teachers appointed after
clearing the test are demoted from BPS-9 to BPS-7 through a corrigendum issued
by district education officers of Benazirabad and Naushahro Feroze areas.
The affected teachers have demanded of the Chief Minister and education
minister to take notice of the reversion of their basic pay scales and order its
withdrawal. The primary school teachers (PSTs) led by their coordinator
Riaz Ahmed Pirzado said on Tuesday that hundreds of candidates after
clearing the IBA test were appointed as PSTs in BPS-9 including those of Shaheed
Benazirabad, Naushahro Feroze, Dadu and others.
They said that within a
short time all the PSTs of Shaheed Benazirabad and Naushahro Feroze were
reverted to BPS-7 through a corrigendum issued by executive district officers
education of respective districts whereas the same teachers were enjoying BPS-9
in Hyderabad, Jamshoro and other districts and also getting salaries of that
They said that the Education Department had mentioned BPS-9 for
the post of primary school teacher in the advertisement published in the
newspapers. They said that when they contacted the concerned officials, they
were informed that the offer and appointment order mentioning BPS-09 was a
typing mistake and only those teachers who had passed PTC would be given BPS-9.
They further said that Prime Minister had announced 20 per cent increase
as ad-hoc allowance for all government employees including contractual employees
under BPS-16 and they were also being deprived of that allowance since
appointment. Confusion has erupted as the Education Department and
Account Office were directing them towards each other.
Shaheed Benazirabad, Razi Khan Jamali admitted that the teachers were appointed
in BPS-9 and the Treasury was not releasing their salaries as they were
untrained. Their grades were revised downwards for getting their salaries
released, he added.
He said that orders had issued to promote the
teachers to BPS-09 who had passed the PTC. Regarding 20 per cent ad-hoc
allowance, he said that he had sent the difference bill to district accounts
office however it was delayed due to technical fault in their system.
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BISE supplementary examinations part-II 2009 schedule
Hyderabad: Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education Hyderabad on Tuesday
announced the commencement of supplementary examinations 2009 of Higher
Secondary Certificate part-II from December 5.
semester examinations in all teaching institutes and departments of the
University of Sindh Jamshoro began here on Tuesday.
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PTC, CT training to continue
Hyderabad: The training courses of Primary Teaching Certificate (PTC) and Certificate of Teaching (CT)
would continue up to 2012 in all elementary colleges of Education in Sindh.
This was announced in the Education Policy 2009, said Director, Bureau
of Curriculum and Extension Wing Sindh, Jamshoro.
He said that that the
associate degree in education (Diploma in Education) pilot programme, which is
connected with the BEd, would be introduced from academic session 2010-11 in
four colleges – GECE (Women) Hussainabad Karachi and Hyderabad and GECE (Men)
Mithi and Sukkur.
Subsequently, it would be expanded in the remaining
colleges of the province and after 2018, it would phase out by introducing BEd
programme in all elementary colleges.
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14 colleges to hold masters classes
Karachi: The Sindh education department has decided to start masters
classes in 14 degree colleges of the province by according them the status of
Sources in the education department said
that efforts were under way to introduce masters classes in the proposed
post-graduate colleges as soon as the required teaching staff, including PhD
teachers, was arranged.
The decision had been taken by Sindh Education
Minister Pir Mazharul Haq. Govt Degree Girls College, Sharea Liaquat;
Govt Degree Abdullah Girls College, North Nazimabad; Govt Zaibunnisa Girls
College, Block F, North Karachi; Govt Boys College, Ghotki; Govt Islamia
College, Sukkur; Govt Degree Girls/ Boys College, Sukkur; Govt Degree College,
Latif- abad; Govt Degree College, Kali Morri, Hyderabad; Govt Degree College
Boys, Dadu and two colleges of Lar- kana, one each for boys and girls, would
shortly be given the status of post-graduate colleges.
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School buildings in use of landlords
Dadu: Some 65 buildings of primary girls, boys and middle schools in
Dadu were found in possessions of feudal lords and influential people. These
buildings were being misused.The EDO Education Dadu, Sajan Mallah on Tuesday
sent a report to Sindh Education Department explaining that feudal lords were
using 65 buildings of primary schools as Autaq (guest houses), stores of chaff,
foodgrain and cattle pens.
He stated that a survey by his department
revealed illegal occupation of 65 buildings located in different talukas since
last many years with not a single student enrolled, therein. The
provincial education minister had directed district administration to get
vacated these buildings and hand over to other departments for setting up police
stations, health centres and other government departments.
of primary girls and middle school in village Sheer Mohammad Solangi in taluka
Dadu was in pathetic condition as no classes were being held there rather it was
devoid of doors and windows with animals wandering around. A villager Nadir
Leghari said that the schools were closed since last 11 years as no teacher was
appointed after the construction of buildings depriving some 1,000 girls of the
village and its surroundings of education.
Even Sajan Mallah attributed
the closure of girls and middle schools of Sheer Mohammad Solangi to the
shortage of teachers and added that these could function if teachers were
Education Minister Pir Mazhar had already directed the
officials of his department to reopen 500 closed schools in the district.
The minister said that no new school building would be constructed till
closed schools were not reopened. Dawn
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Varsity students crushed to death
Karachi: Three university students were crushed to death and one injured in a
road mishap when an oil tanker overturned on a car on the National Highway. The
driver of the tanker fled the scene.
The accident took place on Tuesday
evening near Shahbaz Petrol Pump within the limits of Steel Town Police Station
when a Suzuki Mehran of Pakistan Steel Mills (PSM) bearing the registration
number AB-7037, carrying four people, was crushed under an oil tanker
According to the rescuers who reached the accident site
immediately, three of the four people died on the spot, while the fourth was
pulled out injured and initially shifted to the hospital of Pakistan Steel. The
doctors there referred the victims to Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre where
the dead were later identified as Jahanzaib s/o Chaudhry Arshad, Umair Kiyani
s/o Afzal Kiyani and Sardar Khan s/o Afzal Khan, while the injured as
Following the accident, hundreds of people including officials
and personnel of PSM rushed to the spot, trying to pull out the bodies from the
wreck. However, all efforts proved futile and cranes from Pakistan Steel had to
be called to lift the oil tanker and recover the bodies.
Hussain said that all the deceased were young men between 20-30
years of age and were students of private educational universities. He further
said that the car was owned by the PSM and had been allotted to Chaudhry Arshad,
Deputy Manager (Operations) Transport Department. His son Jahanzaib and his
friends also sons of Pakistan Steel employees, had perished in the tragic
"We are in the initial stages of investigation and cannot say
exactly how the accident took place. According to eyewitnesses, the car was
returning to Steel Town after refuelling, when the speedy oil tanker in order to
protect it, ran over the footpath and unfortunately fell on top of the car,"
said the officer.
The investigation in this regard is underway as some
unconfirmed reports apparently suggest that the tie-rod of the tanker broke and
it overturned on the ill-fated car. The police were looking for the runaway
driver of the tanker and had also recorded the statement of Ismail, also an
employee at Pakistan Steel Officers Club, who was injured in the accident and
later released from the hospital after medical treatment.
seized the oil tanker while no case was registered until the filing of this
report. Daily times
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