Punjab government's Education priority issue

Change of heads undermines literacy dept
Lahore, June 15: Education does not seem to be on the Punjab government's priority list as the department dealing with literacy and non-formal education has witnessed change of around a dozen administrative heads over the past one and a half years.

As many as eight secretaries have been changed since the PML-N assumed power in Punjab after the February 2008 Elections. Academic circles say frequent change of administrative heads is a hindrance to the implementation of policies, leaving a bad impact on the overall working the department.

It is pertinent to mention that the participants of a seminar held last month, also attended by Punjab Minister for Education Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, passed a resolution to highlight the importance of long-term stay of secretaries of education and literacy departments, stating the short-term stay was resulting in the mismanagement of the important sector.

The depressing story of the Literacy & Non Formal Basic Education (L&NFBE) Department, Punjab, began after Abdul Rauf Khan was transferred on January 21, 2008. Afterwards the additional charge was given to Khalid Akhlaq Gilani who continued to serve the department till February 1,2008. He was replaced by Abdul Rauf Khan who continued to serve till April 20,2008.

Afterwards Capt (r) Zahid Saeed was given additional charge who served the department till May 8,2008. The next administrative head was Arifa Saboohi who held the additional charge till May 21 of the year. Khalid Pervaiz was next secretary of the department for hardly a month.

Afterwards, Nadeem Ashraf served as secretary in the department for more more than a month before he was replaced by Mirza Sohail Aamir who remained on the post till September 3, 2008.

Capt (r) Maroof Afzal, who headed the department till October 15, 2008, was followed by Mirza Sohail Aamir. He was given additional charge till November 13, 2008 until Mian Muhammad Zulqernain Aamir held the reigns of the department. The incumbent Secretary Haseeb Athar has been holding the post since April 1st of the current year.

Mian Mujtaba Shujaur Rehman, who holds additional charge of ministry of education and literacy, said he was not aware of such frequent changes as he was given additional charge some three months back. "During my tenure, only one secretary has been changed," he said, adding, "The government would ensure stay of administrative head for a reasonable time".

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