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The colleges that lack teachers

RAWALPINDI, Aug 17: Boys' colleges in the city are understaffed, bringing down the standard of education, a survey has revealed.

The survey discovered that two boys' colleges had about 25-30 vacancies each for professors and lectures for the last four years.

College principals said the Punjab government did not pay heed to their complaints and requests for filling up the vacancies. They said that the government had not appointed new teachers in place of those who had retired in the last five years.

Gordon College Principal Prof Mohammad Saleem said he had wrote to the authorities concerned about the vacant posts but they did not reply to these letters.

He said about 30 posts for professors had been vacant for the last five years in his college and it was in the knowledge of the officials concerned. "Many professors have either been retired or transferred to other colleges but the Punjab government has not arranged for their replacements," he said.

Government College Asghar Mall has a capacity of 176 teachers, but presently only 146 were working there. Its principal Prof Mohammad Alimuddin said a summary of vacancies was sent to the higher authorities every month but to no avail.

He said the government hired lecturers on contracts ranging from Rs 7,000 Rs 10,000 a month and very few found this opportunity attractive. He said the salary offered to contracted lecturers was equal to that of peons in good companies. He said many educated children had joined private colleges and schools because of meager salaries in government colleges.

Prof Abid Hassan, a retired professor, said the Federal and Punjab governments had increased their education budget but the condition of teachers had not improved. He said quality could not be achieved unless teachers were paid well.

Punjab Education Minister Mian Imran Masood said that 1,000 lecturers were recruited in the last five years, while the provincial government was planning to hire another 2,600 lecturers through Public Service Commission. He said the government was considering hiring 2,600 educators for various schools in the province. He said the total education budget of Pakistan was Rs 34 billion five years ago but now it was Rs 102 billion.

He said new lecturers were being offered Rs 17,000 as salary adding that salary of government employees had increased by 15 percent this year. Daily times
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