Govt teachers' selection interviews postponed
Karachi, Sept 20: Sindh Education Department has postponed the interviews of
primary school teachers in all the towns of the city, except Liaquatabad and
North Nazimabad towns, thus raising questions of transparency in the process of
selecting teachers for government schools.
According to a press statement
issued by EDO Education on Wednesday, the ongoing interviews for recruitment of
primary school teachers have been postponed till the announcement of new dates,
however, the ongoing interview tests in Liaquatabad and North Nazimabad towns
would not be affected by this order. Interviews in these towns would be
completed within three to four days time, it added.
Interviews of the
candidates of other towns, however, have been stalled, raising questions over
the transparency of the whole exercise being carried out under the supervision
of IBA Sukkur and Cadet College, Pakistan Steel.
A large number of
candidates who were earlier declared successful could not find their names in
the final list displayed at EDO office. In another circular issued by the EDO,
applicants had been told that only those candidates would appear in the
interviews whose names were notified in the list of IBA Sukkur. Interestingly,
IBA Sukkur list was changed and now a new list prepared at the Chief Minister
House would replace it, sources told this scribe.
bringing changes in the schedule and venues for interviews the candidates have
been asked to appear before their respective town venues on the dates of
interview which would be announced later.
Sources close to the process
said that the authorities concerned had notified the names of successful
candidates last month and a list was displayed at EDO office but it was later
removed from there.
All those candidates whose names had appeared in the
merit list were asked to contact EDO office for further updates. However, a
large number of such candidates who visited EDO office were surprised to see
that their names no more exist in that list.
The head of the committee
which was set up to conduct interviews was missing on the second day of
interviewing process, the source said and disclosed that the official concerned
expressed his ignorance on the situation, saying: "He does not want to intervene
in this superfluous exercise as the candidates have already been selected for
the vacant posts".
Meanwhile, the meritorious candidates were found
complaining at the EDO office that the government had manipulated results,
creating doubts on the transparency of this entire exercise. The News
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