Provincial, city govts fail to provide staff to 76 upgraded schools
RAWALPINDI, Sept 25: The provincial
and the city district governments have failed to provide staff and basic
facilities to schools upgraded four years ago.
The government had
upgraded 76 schools in 2003. Of these, 12 masjid maktabs were upgraded to
primary schools, 38 primary schools to elementary level, 18 elementary schools
to high school level and 10 high schools to higher secondary schools, said the
According to sources, most of these schools were neither
provided with new teachers nor other facilities. In some schools primary
teachers were taking middle or high standard classes and in many upgraded higher
schools even the classes could not be started.
Saghir Alam, a higher
secondary school teacher while talking to us, said before upgradation
of schools no feasibility study and PC-I were prepared regarding library,
building and finances.
An official of the district government, on the
condition of anonymity, said requisite criterion was observed while upgrading
these schools. He said demand of staff for these schools was submitted to the
provincial government with the concurrence of the Punjab education and finance
He said it was mentioned in the upgradation notification that
the schools will start functioning with the available infrastructure and staff.
The local nazims and the community will provide additional staff and facilities
if required, he added.
He said it was also mentioned in the notification
that all the field formations of the education department and Rawalpindi
district would help facilitate implementation of these up-gradations. They would
also monitor the functioning of these schools periodically and intimate the
executive district officer (EDO) education office, he added.
Education Officer (DEO) Secondary Malik Bashir Ahmed said the department had not
received the Sanction Newly Establishment (SNE) for the Punjab education
department. He said in some areas the politicians had taken up the matter with
the provincial government and in those schools the situation was
Ahmed said in Taxila the local politicians had expressed
concern over the schools affairs and raised the matter with the Punjab education
He said the union nazims of these area had initially taken the
responsibility that they would bear all the expenses of staff and other
facilities. The district government also did not apprehend these problems while
upgrading the schools at that time, said Ahmed.
Gulzar Hussain Raja, DEO
(Elementary) said this issue did not come under his jurisdiction. He said they
could only inform the EDO (Education) about the schools status. "We have sent
the feasibility report of the schools of our area to the EDO and so far have not
received any response," he added.
EDO (Education) Chaudhry Muhammad
Yousaf said they were unable to fill the vacant posts in those schools, which
were upgraded in 1995 and 1999. He said the Punjab government wanted the
district government to arrange the funding for these schools, while the district
government said that they have no funds. Therefore, this issue has become
problematic, said Yousaf.
"However, almost every month we send reminder
to the provincial education department and they make us hopeful that soon the
issue would be resolved, but nothing has happened in four years," said
Syed Akbar, Sagri naib nazim, said since the government had
upgraded the Government Boys High School to Higher Secondary School. He said
only the board of school's name was changed and classes of higher secondary
could not be started due to non-availability of staff and financial resources.
Akbar said he along with the union nazim had met the EDO (Education) and
the Punjab Law and Local Bodies Minister Raja Muhammad Basharat a number of
times and took up the matter with them but to no avail. Every time they give us
assurance that soon the teachers will be provided for the higher secondary
classes, he added.
Chaudhry Mazhar, Kotha Kalan naib nazim, said they had
overcome the teachers' shortage by recruiting some teachers and paying them
salaries by collecting donations. Daily Times