3,000 teachers illegally hired in previous PPP tenure: Khuhro
Karachi, Feb 22: The Sindh education minister conceded during the provincial assembly proceedings on Friday that 3,000 schoolteachers had been hired in an unauthorised manner during the previous tenure of his party.
However, he pinned the blame on a dozen senior education department officers instead of holding the Pakistan People's Party government or his predecessor, Pir Mazharul Haq, responsible for the wrongdoing.
"Some education department officers, including grade-19 ones, had taken undue advantage of the previous government's drive to provide employment opportunities to the eligible youth of the province," Nisar Ahmed Khuhro said while responding to Pakistan Muslim League-Functional MPA Nusrat Seher Abbasi's call attention notice.
"Three thousand teachers were hired while completely disregarding the availability of the sanctioned posts and the budget for disbursing their salaries," he said.
"However, the present government cannot immediately decide about the fate of these teachers."
Defending his party's previous government, Khuhro said it had acted in good faith in an attempt to create employment opportunities.
He said an inquiry was conducted by the government to identify the people responsible for the unauthorised hiring and 12 education officers were suspended as a result.
The minister identified the suspended officers as Attaullah Bhutto and Shams Din Dal; former directors of the School Karachi; Ali Nawaz Niazi, former district officer of the education headquarters; Bashir Ahmed Abbasi, former district officer, Secondary and Higher Secondary Male Karachi; Farnaz Riaz, former district officer, elementary female; Abdul Latif Mughal, deputy district officer elementary male; Mumtaz Ali Sheikh, former district officer, elementary male; Abdul Jabbar Dayo, former district officer secondary and higher secondary male; Musharraf Ali, subject specialist at the Directorate of School Karachi; Liaquat Ali Solangi, assistant accounts officer, Directorate of School Education; Imran Ali Solangi, primary schoolteacher and Naveed Ahmed, assistant at the Directorate of School, Karachi.
Khuhro said the suspended officers had moved the superior court against the government's disciplinary action and managed to obtain a stay order.
"Though the suspension orders of these officers have been withdrawn on the court's directives, the provincial government will not post them until the issue of the illegal hiring is settled."
Besides, the minister added, the education department had been scrutinising the cases of the prospective candidates to determine their eligibility for the posts of teachers.
100 enrolment rate
The provincial lawmakers unanimously passed a resolution for seeking the support of all political parties of Sindh for achieving a 100 percent school enrolment rate in the province as well as improving the educational standard.
A day earlier in Karachi, leaders of nine political parties of Sindh had gathered and jointly endorsed the cause.
Khuhro presented and read out the resolution the contents of which were: "This assembly resolves that we the political parties of Pakistan, proud of our association with Sindh and concerned about the future of this great province, hereby come together to pledge that we are committed to ensuring 100 percent enrolment in Sindh so that every child between the ages of five and 16 is in school, in keeping with Article 25-A of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan, and the Sindh Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act-2013.
"We are determined, notwithstanding our political and ideological differences to support each other in making sure that our collective commitment to ensure 100 percent enrolment in Sindh is widely known and widely owned within our parties and among our cadres. We may disagree on many issues but we are united in pursuit of 100 percent enrolment across the province of Sindh.
"We believe that Sindh cannot progress without literacy and numeracy. We are committed to dramatically improving the quality of education our children receive, particularly in reading Sindhi and Urdu, and in Mathematics. We promise to sustain our interests in education in Sindh. We will come together through parliamentary and extra-parliamentary measures to revisit the state of affairs and asses progress at least once every three months".
Later, the education minister said one of the main reasons behind tabling the resolution was that around six million children in the province were not enrolled in schools, thus they were being denied their fundamental right of receiving basic education.
He said there could be plenty of reasons for these children not going to schools, but collective efforts were required on the part of all stakeholders concerned in the province to have these children enrolled.
"Of the 43,000 schools in the province, some 38,000 are functional but efforts are required to ensure that children receive their basic education there," he said. The news
Govt funding sought for private schools in city
Karachi: Government funds allocated for education should also be given to some private schools, said All Private Schools Management Association Sindh Chapter Chairman Syed Khalid Shah, addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Wednesday. Shah said that private schools were catering to 70 percent of the student, but in terms of budgetary allocation to education, funds of the World Bank and other international institutes were spent only on government schools. He said that the Sindh Education Foundation was formed for financial support to low-fee-charging private schools, but it now ran its own schools and had stopped funding private schools. He demanded the authorities to exempt low-fee-charging private schools from taxes and duties, besides facilitating them in getting loans from banks. He said that efforts should be made so that these low-fee-charging schools could continue to run. He said his association registered only those private schools that charged fee up to Rs 3,000 per month. He said the schools that charge fee more than Rs 3000 per month were not low-fee-charging schools.†Daily times
KMDC teacher shot dead
Karachi: A professor at the Karachi Medical and Dental College (KMDC) was gunned down in a suspected targeted attack in North Nazimabad on Monday when he was coming out of the campus, the Tamuria police said.
They added that 57-year-old Prof Javed Iqbal Qazi left the KMDC campus in a chauffeur-driven car and when he crossed the parking area of the college two motorcyclists opened fire on him and fled, leaving the doctor and his driver Mohammed Nawaz wounded.The wounded driver took the professor to a private hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Later, the body was taken to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.
Additional police surgeon Dr Abdul Haq said that Dr Qazi sustained five bullet wounds; two in the chest and three in his left arm. The driver sustained gunshot wound in his foot.
Shadman DSP Iftikhar Lodhi said that it appeared to be an act of targeted killing, but investigation was under way to determine its exact motive.
He said that Dr Qazi lived in Naval Housing Society in Dalmia and also worked in the Ziauddin Medical Hospital and the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital.
He was the dean of the pathology department of the KMDC.
The DSP said that the murder was not related to any extortion threat according to a statement of the widow. Dr Qazi even did not carry a mobile phone, he added. Dawn
Defence library to hold book fair
Karachi: The Defence Central Library (DCL) will organise a three-day book fair from February 20 to 23 to mark its 22nd anniversary.
The fair will be open from 10am to 9pm and leading publishers and booksellers would set up their stalls and sell publications at discounted price.
The event will be inaugurated by DHA administrator Brig Muhammad Abdullah on Thursday evening after which a literary seminar will be held at the library's auditorium. The news