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
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