Interviews of 11,000 teachers in 16 days
KARACHI, Sept 18: Over 50,000 men and women across Sindh, including
11,000 from Karachi, would be interviewed in all the 23 district headquarters
from Tuesday (today) to shortlist and select some 9,200 individuals for the post
of primary school teachers.
The provincial education department had
conducted tests in the district headquarters during July-August. Of 126,000
candidates, who had applied for the job, some 105,000 appeared in the tests. The
education department later announced the results and declared about 50,000
In Karachi, 11,000 of 14,000 candidates passed the
tests and were declared eligible for interviews. Official figures put the number
of female candidates, who passed the tests, around 7,500 in Karachi.
education officials had urged the high-ups for formation of at least six
committees to conduct interviews of 11,000 candidates conveniently in minimum
possible time. However, the request was plainly turned down. Now only four
officials have to conduct interviews of thousands of candidates which could
generate controversies in the process.
Many disgruntled candidates, who
found their names in the 'failed' column of the result sheet, have already
questioned the process, asking why the authorities failed to mention the total
marks scored by each candidate in the list.
According to the schedule of interviews in Karachi, female
and male candidates from Liaquatabad and North Nazimabad towns will be
interviewed at the Happy Dale Government Boys Secondary School, Nazimabad, on
Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
The female and male candidates from
New Karachi and Gulberg will be interviewed on Sept 20 and 21; Orangi and Site
(female candidates on Sept 22 and male on 23); Keamari and Baldia (female on
Sept 24 and male on 25); Saddar and Jamshed towns (female on Sept 26 and male on
27); Malir and Gadap (female on Sept 28 and male on 29); Bin Qasim, Landhi and
Korangi (female Sept 30 and male on Oct 1); Lyari, Shah Faisal and from
Gulshan-i-Iqbal female candidates will be interviewed on Oct 3 and male
candidates on Oct 4.
All the interviews will be conducted at the Happy
Dale School from 8:30am to 3pm. The candidates have been informed to bring along
admit card, original computerized national identity card, original educational
certificates and their photocopies to appear for the interview.
in 33 seconds
Some officials wonder how the committee could assess
the merit of a candidate in 33 seconds since each candidate could not get more
time if it is equally distributed among all the eligible candidates.
simple calculation shows that the committee will spend six hours and 30 minutes
(390 minutes) for interviews everyday and 104 hours (6,240 minutes) in 16 days.
The calculated minutes are almost half of the number of candidates eligible for
interview in Karachi.
A senior official said, "We'll try to give
appropriate time to every candidate." However, it is next to impossible when
each of the four committee members has been tasked with putting at least one
question to the candidate.
"The whole exercise would raise huge question
marks," admitted an official, citing that the orders had come from the top
The authorities took 14 years to open the doors for jobs in
the education department by lifting the ban on recruitment. Previously, the
tests for the primary school teachers were conducted in 1993. The officials said
the candidates with intermediate as their minimum qualification were eligible to
appear in the test and interview for the posts of primary school teacher.
However, they said, the holders of primary teachers' certificate would be given
preference both in selection and grade. The selected candidates would be offered
a three-year contract, they said. Dawn