Query on Shortage of teachers in NWFP schools
Lawmakers asked to provide details about shortage of teachers
Peshawar, Oct 7: The ruling Awami National Party seems failing its
popular promise of providing pen and book to every child in the NWFP as
an acute shortage of teaching staff and other basic facilities haunts
schools in the province.
That was what the party's own
lawmaker Khushdil Khan drove at during the question-answer session in
the NWFP Assembly here on Tuesday. The department of elementary and
secondary education, which manages affairs of nearly 27,000 public
sector institutes in the province, also admitted shortage of
The mover pointed out that 19 schools were
functioning without principals in his constituency of PF-10 (Peshawar).
said more than 400 posts of different grades were lying vacant in 186
schools in the area. He was of the view that girls' schools were in bad
condition and high-ups of the department concerned did not bother to
He shouted at NWFP Education Minister Sardar
Hussain Babak when he asked lawmakers to provide details about shortage
of teachers in black and white, instead of delivering long speeches and
"This is the responsibility of
secretary, deputy secretary, directors and other officers of the
education department to collect data about vacant posts and other
issues related with schools. We are not government servants to collect
details from each and every school," Mr Khushdil Khan retorted.
Mr Babak admitted that thousands of posts of different categories were
vacant and requisition had been filed to the provincial Public Service
Commission for recruiting 3,747 senior teachers to fill the posts of
principals and headmasters in the province.
He said the
government had appointed 2,799 senior science teachers and 847 subject
specialists on contract, assuring the legislators that the commission
would be requested to expedite the process of selection.
Speaker Kiramatullah Khan Chagharmati referred the question to the
house's committee concerned after detailed discussion on the state of
schools, shortage of schools and the deteriorating education system.
Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said the education sector
could not progress as the previous provincial government had recruited
teachers who had failed their matriculation examinations. "How the
standard of education will improve when people who had not even done
matriculation were appointed as teachers in primary schools," he
remarked. Another MPA from the ruling party, Saqibullah Khan Chamkani,
expressed concern over the state of affairs of public sector schools in
the PF-11 constituency of Peshawar.
He said some schools were
short of teaching staff and others were overstaffed in the area.
According to PPP parliamentary leader Abdul Akbar Khan, teachers
serving in public sector educational institutes preferred to get
appointed in Peshawar because of incentives.
causes shortage of teachers in rural areas, putting the future of thousands of children at stake," he observed.
MPA Abdul Sattar, hailing from the Kohistan district, through a
supplementary question raised the issue of shortage of teachers in his
area. He said the government had recruited teachers against vacant
posts in Kohistan, but after three months they were transferred to the
Opposition leader Akram Khan Durrani
said the Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal government had chalked out a formula
for recruitment of teachers in primary schools under which 75 per cent
of vacant seats were to be filled on union council basis and 25 per
cent on merit. The present government, he added, had changed that
PPP-S parliamentary leader Sikandar Khan Sherpao,
Mohammad Ali Khan, Pervez Khan, Zahir Shah of the PML and Mohammad
Zamin Khan of the PPP expressed concern over postings and transfers of
teachers on political grounds. They demanded that such practices should
be discouraged. Dawn
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Teachers protest regularisation of colleagues
Peshawar: Teachers of government-run schools staged protest
demonstrations throughout the Frontier province on Tuesday for
acceptance of their demands.
Protests were held in several
cities of the NWFP including Peshawar, Mardan, Nowshera, Batkhela, Dir,
Swabi and other districts.
In Peshawar, the protesting
teachers were holding banners and placards inscribed with slogans for
acceptance of their demands. The protestors were raising slogans in
favour of their demands, urging the government to accept the charter of
demands otherwise they would announce a series of protests.
Demands of the teachers included approval of service structure,
increments to master degree holder teachers, increments for untrained
teachers, provision of teaching allowance, raise in medical allowance,
and quota for the children of teachers in educational institutes. The
protesters were led by office-bearers of the Muttahida Mahaz Asatiza
Teachers of the Lower Dir warned to close all
government-run schools in the district on the call of their provincial
leadership if the NWFP government failed to reverse the decision of
regularisation of ad hoc and contract teachers in the province.
The warning was given during a protest rally held at Balambat. It was
organised by the Muttahida Mahaz Asatiza. The rally was attended by
hundreds of senior schoolteachers from different parts of the district.
Protesters chanted slogans against the provincial government
and education minister. They were carrying banners and placards
inscribed with demands including withdrawal of the decision of
regularisation of ad hoc and contract teachers.
teachers' organisations alleged that provincial government was
regularising ad hoc and contract teachers violating the merit policy.
They complained that in-service trained and qualified senior teachers
were being denied departmental promotions.
threatened to close schools in the province if the government did not
reverse its decision. They also called upon the lawmakers to play their
role in this regard.
Teachers from Laki Marwat held a
protest demonstration here and marched from the Kargil Chowk to the
press club. The teachers said that the policies of the government had
spread unrest among the teachers. The rulers had usurped the rights of
promotion of in-service teachers, they alleged. "This is injustice with
the teachers," a speaker said, calling upon the government to repeal
the regularisation decision of contract and ad hoc teachers.
and their leaders have vowed that they would
continue their struggle till achievement of their objectives. A protest
rally was held in Shahmansoor which was attended by a large number of
The teachers vowed to work jointly against the
'step-motherly' attitude of the government. They said that the
government had utterly failed to resolve their problems. They condemned
the regularisation of over 2,000 teachers allegedly without tests and
Mardan teachers staged a protest rally in
front of the press club. Addressing on the occasion, speakers demanded
badge-wise method of appointments regarding senior English teachers and
subject specialists. They said third division for the post of Qaris
should be abolished. The news
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Students on peace mission
Hunza: Two young students, Asghar and Ejaz Roomi, from Sost,
Gojal embarked on a 'peace mission' on Monday from the Khunjerab Pass
on the Pakistan-China border to Karachi to spread the message of peace,
unity and love across Pakistan.
A large number of people from
the nearby towns were present in Khunjerab despite cold weather. The
pass received 6 inches of snow as winter starts to set in in the area.
This walk will conclude in Karachi.
A huge crowd welcomed the
walkers in Sost and Gircha on Monday. The crowd appreciated their mission for peace.
to this scribe, the walkers said that the people of Pakistan were very
peaceful but different external elements were responsible for the
They said through this walk they will spread the prime message of Islam which is peace. Dawn
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Release of two Dir youths from Indian jail demanded
Peshawar: The elders of two youngsters from Kalakot tehsil of Dir
district have appealed to the Indian government to release their
innocent sons, who crossed the Line of Control and landed in jail.
Rehman, 22, and Ameer Badshah, 23, both from Biyar village, Dir Upper,
have been languishing in Block-B, Bark No 6 with pin code 181122 and
Block No: F-22 in Kot Bilwal Jail, Jammu, respectively, for the last
one year. Both the cousins were working as cook and clerk in a road
project in Azad Jammu Kashmir.
They were arrested by the Indian
army when they crossed the Line of Control by mistake. An Indian court
jailed them for one year for not possessing the legal travel documents.
After their arrest, they informed their families through a letter,
which they received from Central Jail, Kot Bilwal, Jammu, India.
families lost contact with both of them despite the fact their jail
term ended on September 22, 2009 and since then the entire families,
particularly the ailing and aging mothers of the ill-fated boys were
leading a miserable life and going through mental distress.
elders appealed to president and prime minister, Human Rights
Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Ansar Burney, Red Cross and others
bodies to help their children, who had gone from their less developed
village to earn a living for their poor families but landed in jail. The news
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