Teachers being forced to work in volunteer project
ISLAMABAD, June 13(Daily Times): College teachers have
been forced to teach elementary students under the Volunteer Teachers Programme
(VTP) arranged by the Federal Directorate of Education (FDE), sources said.
The three-week programme was launched on June 6 to coach
elementary students in science subjects and English during the summer
Sources in the directorate said that teachers had not
volunteered themselves for the programme, as the directorate had asked college
principles to nominate teachers for the programme.
"We have been directed
to teach the students according to the instructions of school teachers that
makes it pretty difficult for us to teach the students," a lecturer told Daily
Times, pleading anonymity.
He said focus of the programme was on English
reading and writing. He said three weeks were not enough to cover the course, as
it would leave the students confused.
He said the programme was launched
at an inopportune time, as sizzling heat was keeping most of the students from
attending the course. He said they were not being given the traveling or
boarding allowance (TA/DA), adding that the teachers, who had taken classes in
2002, were yet to be reimbursed. He said getting TA/DA from the directorate
involved a lengthy procedure that no one could afford.
The programme had
been launched in 2002 and 16 schools were selected in this connection, while
1,400 students attended special classes during the summer
Sources said that this year almost 3,000 students had been
selected for the VTP. The syllabus for the programme has been devised in
consultation with the teachers of the schools from where the students have been
selected. The syllabus addresses the areas where the students have been found to
Sources said that students had not been asked to go to other
schools for attending the course, rather teachers and VTAs had been asked to
perform their duties at the selected schools.
They said the FDE's
decision to coach students in the summer was "beyond comprehension", as cases of
heatstroke were increasing in the capital like other parts of the country. They
said recurring power breakdowns were also causing inconvenience to
Director Model Colleges, Samina Nadeem, told Daily Times that
teachers had volunteered themselves for the programme of their own volition and
the FED had also provided them with transport facility.
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