Students suffer as colleges face acute shortage of teachers
Karachi, Oct 30: Students of Intermediate classes, particularly newcomers at government colleges of Sindh, are facing severe problems due to acute shortage of college teachers.
President Sindh Professors & Lecturers' Association (SPLA), Prof Athar Mirza told PPI that about 6,000 college teachers are working across the province against the required strength of 10,500.
According to the directives of the Board of Intermediate Education Karachi (BIEK), each section of colleges should be comprised of 80 students, adding that practically 120 to 150 pupils have been enrolled in each section of the government colleges.
He said that at least 18,000 teachers are required in the colleges of Sindh according to the formula of Intermediate Board. Government of Sindh has allocated 10,500 seats in colleges, while approximately 6,000 teachers are actually working in the colleges across the province.
SPLA President charged that education department and relevant authorities have no interest in improving educational process and to meet the shortage of teachers on urgent basis. He said that education department posted 741 teachers in colleges of Sindh in October 2010, two years after publishing of advertisement for filling the posts of lecturers.
Similarly, approximately 1200 posts of teachers in colleges were announced in April 2010 but still no further action has been taken to fill these vacant posts.
He said that situation in government colleges is going from bad to worst. A couple of weeks back a female teacher at D.J. Science College fainted amid a lecture due to overburden of work. He raised the example of Abdullah College, where there are only three teachers to conduct 96 practical and theory classes. No one can discharge such a difficult duty, he said.
Prof Mirza Athar said that SPLA has three core issues in its charter of demands, including time scale, pay scale and shortage of teachers.
The SPLA can temporarily compromise on time and pay scale but shortage of college teachers should be resolved on urgent basis, he said.
Sindh Government College Principals' Association (SGCPA) President, Professor Saeed Ul Zafar Khan told PPI that acute shortage of teachers has created many problems in the government-run colleges across the Sindh. Various colleges in the province have no teacher for English subject while rest of colleges has one or two English teachers to cater the needs of 1100 to 2200 students. Physics, Chemistry and Botany are also amongst the most affected subjects because of acute shortage of teachers.
He said that it is a matter of regret and concern that authorities are taking no measure to pull out the educational process form such horrible problems.
Sources in education department told PPI that in past government colleges used to recruit 'honorary teachers' on contract basis to meet the shortage of college teachers, but now the government as well as its colleges were facing serious financial crunch.
Sindh Education Minister Pir Muzhar-ul-Haq was not available for comment despite several attempts. The newsYour Comments
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