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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.

Moreover, after 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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