NWFP Agri Uni yet to regularise appointments
PESHAWAR, Aug 16: The management of the NWFP Agriculture University,
Peshawar, has yet to regularise the appointments of at least 80 male and female
teachers who have been teaching in a constituent institution of the university
on contracts for the last one decade, according to teachers.
official said the Agriculture University School and College, having a total
strength of 1,200 students, was established in 1995 in a deserted building on
the campus. The number of students increased as time passed but teachers were
hired only on contracts of six months' duration.
A teacher, on condition
of anonymity, said that some teachers had not been given appointment
letters even though they had been teaching for more than a year.
working on contract basis as several of us have not even received the
appointment letters. We are not treated as the Agriculture University's regular
staff despite our long services," said another teacher.
A teacher alleged
that teachers drawing nominal salaries were at times not even allowed by the
administration to take leave without pay.
Female teachers were initially
allowed to take a 15-day maternity leave which was later extended to 45 days by
the university syndicate. But at times it was difficult for a teacher to get her
maternity leave extended in case she faced medical complications.
Fazl-i-Razik Durrani - a dean at the university who is convener of the
vice-chancellor's committee overlooking the matters of the constituent school
and college - acknowledged that there were seven teachers who had not been
issued appointment letters. "This is because they are yet to complete the
formalities involved," he claimed. He added that appointment letters would be
Mr Durrani said that sometimes teachers were required to
fill a vacant post urgently, which was one reason why they were hired on
six-month extendable contracts.
He claimed that the university
administration was unable to regularise the services of the teaching faculty
because neither the Higher Education Commission nor the provincial government
wanted to allow the same.
He said: "The management is willing to
regularise the services of the teaching staff but the quarters concerned,
including the HEC, have refused to provide financial support." Dawn